Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

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the same water twice

last summer I swam late each afternoon just before dark, the town pool pimpled with chills and I the sole swimmer, alone with the shadow of richard dreyfuss, who swam stroke for stroke beside me singing besame mucho while our feet kicked wet tangos. the boasts of the bored life- guards filtered away to besame when I surface-dove to bluer altitudes (and there admitted to richard that I still hadn’t […]

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Numbers Game

We thought we could pool our loneliness— mine plus yours, addition thus becoming division of emptiness. But ten years later, our handshake deal isn’t enough; zero divided by any number still equals zero. The house suffers our pitiless geometry. We burrow into our separate cells. In acute silence grudges multiply like mice. This is a subtraction that compounds daily. We never mastered that higher branch of mathematics that could make […]

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