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Friday poem: Five poems not about love

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Being in love is all very well, but the endless stream of gooey sentiment can sometimes get a bit much around Valentine's day. Instead, we've put together a list of extracts from anti-love poems as an alternative to the adoring verses out there. 

 
A Pity, We Were Such a Good Invention, by Yehuda Amichai (translated by Assia Gutmann)
 
A pity. We were such a good
And loving invention.
An aeroplane made from a man and wife.
Wings and everything.
We hovered a little above the earth.
We even flew a little.
 
Sometimes With One I Love, by Walt Whitman
 
Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear I effuse unreturn’d love,
But now I think there is no unreturn’d love, the pay is certain one way or another
(I loved a certain person ardently and my love was not return’d,
Yet out of that I have written these songs).
 
Movement Song, by Audre Lorde
 
your goodbye is a promise of lightning
in the last angels hand
unwelcome and warning
the sands have run out against us
we were rewarded by journeys
away from each other
into desire
into mornings alone
where excuse and endurance mingle
conceiving decision.
 
This Was Once a Love Poem, by Jane Hirshfield
 
This was once a love poem,
before its haunches thickened, its breath grew short,
before it found itself sitting,
perplexed and a little embarrassed,
on the fender of a parked car,
while many people passed by without turning their heads.
 
I feel horrible. She Doesn't, by Richard Brautigan
 
I feel horrible. She doesn’t
love me and I wander around
the house like a sewing machine

that’s just finished sewing.




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