Love Pirates

By Joseph Millar Joseph Millar
I follow with my mouth the small wing of muscle   
under your shoulder, lean over your back, breathing   
into your hair and thinking of nothing. I want
to lie down with you under the sails of a wooden sloop   
and drift away from all of it, our two cars rusting
in the parking lot, our families whining like tame geese   
at feeding time, and all the bosses of the earth   
cursing the traffic in the morning haze.

They will telephone each other from their sofas   
and glass desks, with no idea where we could be,   
unable to picture the dark throat
of the saxophone playing upriver, or the fire
we gather between us on this fantail of dusty light,   
having stolen a truckload of roses
and thrown them into the sea.

Joseph Millar, "Love Pirates" from Overtime, published by Eastern Washington University Press. Copyright © 2001 by Joseph Millar.  Reprinted by permission of Joseph Millar.

Source: Overtime (Eastern Washington University Press, 2001)

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Poet Joseph Millar

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love

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Poet Joseph Millar grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems, influenced by the work of poets Philip Levine and James Wright, often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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