“The Glass Essay” by Anne Carson
In the days and months after Law left
I felt as if the sky was torn off my life.
“Movement Song” by Audre Lorde
we were always saying goodbye
in the blood in the bone over coffee
“The Flurry” by Sharon Olds
I mutter, “I feel like a killer.” “I’m
the killer”—taking my wrist—he says,
“Cuckoldom” by B.J. Ward
if you look
“After Eden” by Rachel Wetzsteon
to break up with you!” he shouted as
stockings and scruples flew;
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HEARTACHE AND VEXED LOVE
“You left me – Sire – two Legacies” by Emily Dickinson
You left me Boundaries of Pain –
Capacious as the Sea –
“No, I wasn’t meant to love and be loved” by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
You are a laconic marksman. You leave me
not dead but perpetually dying.
“Semele Recycled” by Carolyn Kizer
“Endless Summer” by Nate Pritts
& you never again you lovely you summer you everything that is now
never again whatever that may be the rage I loved me under the stars
“dear love,” by Barbara Jane Reyes
it comes to this, vying for geography. there is a prayer stuck in my
throat. douse me in gasoline, my love, and strike a match.
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“I Feel Horrible. She Doesn’t” by Richard Brautigan
I feel horrible. She doesn’t
love me and I wander around
“A un Desconocido” by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Where is your skin, parting me?
“The Breather” by Billy Collins
All that sweetness, the love and desire—
it’s just been me dialing myself
then following the ringing to another room
“The Consolations of Sociobiology” by Bill Knott
I see: it’s not you
Who is not requiting me, it’s something in you
Over which you have no say says no to me.
“Sometimes with One I Love” by Walt Whitman
But now I think there is no unreturn’d love, the pay is certain one way or
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“Surface Translations” by Lisa Fishman
Wish that, you had stayed.
with : me
“Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,—so with his memory they brim.
“Dear One Absent This Long While” by Lisa Olstein
We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.
“I Don’t Miss It” by Tracy K. Smith
Straining against the noise of traffic, music,
Anything alive, to catch your key in the door.
“I’ll Open the Window” by Anna Swir
will enlarge the walls of the room,
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“What Isn’t Mine” by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Used to be in love.
“Sonnet [You jerk you didn’t call me up]” by Bernadette Mayer
I’m through with you bourgeois boys
All you ever do is go back to ancestral comforts
“The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator” by Anne Sexton
At night, alone, I marry the bed.
“Epithalament” by Brenda Shaughnessy
I will crawl towards the heavy drawing
and design the curtains in the room
of never marrying you.
from “An Attempt at Jealousy” by Marina Tsvetaeva
How do you breathe now?
Flinch, waking up?