dear love,

By Barbara Jane Reyes b. 1971
you dream in the language of dodging bullets and artillery fire.
new, sexy diagnoses have been added to the lexicon on your behalf
(“charlie don’t surf,” has also been added to the lexicon on your behalf).

in this home that is not our home, we have mutually exiled each
other. i walk down your street in the rain, and i do not call you. i
walk in the opposite direction of where i know to find you. that we
do not speak is louder than bombs.
 
there are times that missing you is a matter of procedure. now is
not one of those times. there are times when missing you hurts. so
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. let’s see
this prayer ignite to high heaven.
 

Barbara Jane Reyes, "Dear Love, p. 92" from Poeta en San Francisco. Copyright © 2005 by Barbara Jane Reyes.  Reprinted by permission of Tinfish Press.

Source: Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005)

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Poet Barbara Jane Reyes b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Love, Desire, Break-ups & Vexed Love

 Barbara Jane Reyes

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Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, the Philippines, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She earned a BA in ethnic studies from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from San Francisco State University. She is the author of the poetry collections Gravities of Center (2003), Poeta en San Francisco (2005), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (2010).
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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict, Love, Desire, Break-ups & Vexed Love

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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