Ill-Advised Love Poem

By John Yau b. 1950 John Yau
Come live with me
And we will sit

Upon the rocks
By shallow rivers

Come live with me
And we will plant acorns

In each other's mouth
It would be our way

Of greeting the earth
Before it shoves us

Back into the snow
Our interior cavities

Brimming with
Disagreeable substances

Come live with me
Before winter stops

To use the only pillow
The sky ever sleeps on

Our interior cavities
Brimming with snow

Come live with me
Before spring

Swallows the air
And birds sing

John Yau, "Ill-Advised Love Poem" from Further Adventures in Monochrome. Copyright © 2012 by John Yau.  Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

Source: Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)

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Poet John Yau b. 1950

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Love, Romantic Love, Relationships, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Winter

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Poet, art critic, and curator John Yau has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1950 to Chinese emigrants, Yau attended Bard College and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1978. His first book of poetry, Crossing Canal Street, was published in 1976. Since then, he has won acclaim for his poetry’s attentiveness to visual culture and linguistic surface. In poems that . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Love, Romantic Love, Relationships, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Winter

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