Uncouplings

By Craig Arnold Craig Arnold
There is no I in teamwork
but there is a two maker

there is no I in together
but there is a got three
a get to her

the I in relationship
is the heart I slip on
a lithe prison

in all communication
we count on a mimic
(I am not uncomic)

our listening skills
are silent killings

there is no we in marriage
but a grim area

there is an I in family
also my fail

Source: Poetry (October 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the October 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2008
 Craig  Arnold

Biography

Craig Arnold earned his BA in English from Yale University and his PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah. Arnold’s second collection of poetry, Made Flesh (2008), is “motored by vividly earthy language and disguised philosophical sophistication,” observed Publishers Weekly in a starred review, praising “sequences neither (quite) lyric nor narrative, but erotic and ever alert.” The raw, emotional intensity of Made . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Men & Women, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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