This book is a love letter.It is a love letter to family and the complex history of blood; to failed relationships and the magic left behind; to the dance of a happy marriage across the decades; to friendship; to travel; to coming home. Funny and unpredictable, honest and seductive--Joshua Levy uses poetry as a conduit for the exploration of love in its countless manifestations. He finds the silver lining in even the darkest subject matter with a sense of wonder that is refreshing and infectious. We journey with him as he visits the crooked streets of Lisbon, a kibbutz in Israel, the hollow of a guitar on a beach somewhere in Venezuela, and even an alien planet. But Levy is most fascinated with his hometown: these poems brim with affection for the city of Montreal and the things that keep him anchored here. In "The Loudest Thing" Levy adds his unique and vital voice to the grand chorus of Montreal Jewish writers such as Leonard Cohen, Mordecai Richler, Irving Layton, and A.M Klein, who came before him.