Lust

By Glyn Maxwell b. 1962 Glyn Maxwell
Lust is at home here and I make it welcome.
I offer it stuff it accepts but would otherwise take.
        Beautiful telling ache.
Lust will be last to leave this all-nite affair,
        Make no mistake,
        And it was welcome,
        But I live here.

Glyn Maxwell, “Lust” from The Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990-1995. Copyright © 2000 by Glyn Maxwell. Reprinted by permission of Glyn Maxwell.

Source: The Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990-1995 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000)

Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet Glyn Maxwell b. 1962

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Living, The Body, Love, Desire

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 Glyn  Maxwell

Biography

Born in England to Welsh parents, Glyn Maxwell was educated at Oxford University and Boston University, where he studied both poetry and theater with Derek Walcott. This simultaneous training in two disciplines has enabled him to create innovative work across genres. Maxwell has written numerous verse plays as well as long narrative poems. The Sugar Mile (2005), a verse narrative set in a Manhattan bar a few days before . . .

Continue reading this biography

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Body, Love, Desire

POET’S REGION England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

Report a problem with this poem

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

This poem has learning resources.

This poem is good for children.

This poem has related video.

This poem has related audio.