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Revenge porn.

   REVENGE PORN

   In the paper today, a young woman
   filmed by her boyfriend as they were
   having sex. When she left him, he

   posted the video to porn sites; now she's
   scrambling to stanch the numerous
   replications. She's prosecuting him,

   but no amount of money or jail time
   takes away the pain once a nail goes
   in; nothing fills and smoothes the hole

   once it's removed. As a young woman,
   I thought I knew what Kierkegaard
   meant: it belongs to the imperfection of

   everything human that man can only attain
   his desire by passing through its opposite.
   I'd been alone then found love; I'd

   experienced both states. But no, the
   opposite of love isn't its absence,
   but hate. I can

   only wish for her life more opposite
   extremes: where the inevitable
   exposure to hatred ensures she'll continue

   to seek sanctuary in love.

Liz Robbins's third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award, judged by Bruce Bond; her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith. Her poems have recently appeared in American Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, and The Paris-American. She's an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

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Author:Robbins, Liz
Publication:River Styx
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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