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for you

the shape
of this

&her smell

&the shine in the small
lit room
to the boy

replace him
w you &
let me love
that shine
in you

let me.


Copyright © 2018 by Eileen Myles. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on June 21, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“I write in many different ways, but one is to write long rambling works. Sometimes there’s just one moment that works for me as a poem, and I think this is that. It’s suggestive about itself and what sticks to it and who it can be for. I’m asking a lover to be part of my process and let me love them like that.”
—Eileen Myles


Eileen Myles

Dennis Cooper describes Myles as "one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature." Holland Cotter names Myles as "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk female writer-performers."

Date Published: 2018-06-21

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