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Love Poem

The Lindt Easter bunny

you said was “solid”
chocolate turned out

to be hollow—its head

caved in when I peeled
back the gold foil

which was probably

better left wrapped,
every language having

its own version of “beer

goggles.” Sometimes
I like your mouth best

when there’s nothing in it,

just two rows of teeth
surrounding a tongue

stunned into silence.


Copyright © 2018 Timothy Liu. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in Tin House, Spring 2018.


Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) is the author of Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain 1992-2017 (Barrow Street Books, 2018), among other books.

Date Published: 2018-03-13

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