Draft of a Dream

By Steven Cramer b. 1953 Steven Cramer
The message I found on the Post-it note
went thus: love truth; expect to be found out.
Kid-style capitals proved I wrote it, but
left no clue why I'd swelled into a fat

clause no editor could edit; then, an entry
on a shrink's list of patient slang for sex—
her desk Norwegian teak, the mug of tea
on which she had affixed her Post-it notes

hot against her knuckle, their lips of stickum
loosening . . . And yet, I knew the note
to peel away at hour's end would terminate
our sessions—cool as the draft her linen

skirt was lifting to: Love, just stay benighted,
given everything I know you've got to hide.

Source: Poetry (June 2003).

 Steven  Cramer


Steven Cramer was born in Orange, New Jersey, and educated at Antioch College and the University of Iowa. His collections of poetry include The Eye that Desires to Look Upward (1987); The World Book (1992); Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997); Goodbye to the Orchard (2004), which won the 2005 Sheila Motton Prize and was named an Honor Book in Poetry by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and Clangings (2012), a . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Men & Women, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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