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Oh God

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spilling water from my back,
you call and i come.
that exhausted walk to reach you
breathless and no i didn’t run
to see you, i’ve been smoking
too much, same thing.
another awkward hug in the car
as my face smashes your cheek
that i can feel it leaving now
is the saddest, a beautiful eruption
you could have picked it off the tree
and chowed
but you weren’t hungry.
feeling it dying away all day
much worse than the straining
against the leash, another gorgeous
thing that should not have happened,
gone again.

Michelle Tea, "Oh God" from The Beautiful: Collected Poems. Copyright © 2004 by Michelle Tea.  Reprinted by permission of Manic D Press.
Source: The Beautiful: Collected Poems (Manic D Press, 2004)
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  • Postpunk performance poet and writer Michelle Tea grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Influenced by poet Eileen Myles and photographer Nan Goldin, Tea writes narrative poetry and prose that explore issues of class, queer identity, feminism, and autobiography.

    Her numerous books include the poetry collection The Beautiful: Collected Poems (2003), the novels Valencia (2000) and Rose of No Man’s Land (2006), and memoirs Rent Girl (2004, illustrated by Lauren McCubbin), The Chelsea Whistle (2002), and The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998). She edited the anthologies Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing (2007), Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (2004), and, with Clint Catalyst, Pills, Chills, Thrills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person (2004).

    A self-publishing advocate, Tea has won a Lambda...

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