By Louise Glück b. 1943 Louise Gluck
I said you could snuggle. That doesn’t mean
your cold feet all over my dick.

Someone should teach you how to act in bed.
What I think is you should
keep your extremities to yourself.

Look what you did—
you made the cat move.

            But I didn’t want your hand there.
            I wanted your hand here.

            You should pay attention to my feet.
            You should picture them
            the next time you see a hot fifteen year old.
            Because there’s a lot more where those feet come from.

"Anniversary" by Louise Glück, from Meadowlands. Copyright © 1996 by Louise Glück. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers,

Source: Meadowlands (The Ecco Press, 1996)

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Poet Louise Glück b. 1943

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Love, The Body, Nature, Relationships, Men & Women, Realistic & Complicated

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Louise Glück is considered by many to be one of America’s most talented contemporary poets. The poet Robert Hass has called her “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets now writing,” and her poetry is noted for its technical precision, sensitivity, and insight into loneliness, family relationships, divorce, and death. Her poems are frequently described as “spare.” James K. Robinson in Contemporary Women Poets also . . .

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SUBJECT Love, The Body, Nature, Relationships, Men & Women, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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