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Thwarted suitor.

One can be civil in the matter of attending to the awkwardness that makes disappointment in love a thing of beauty, and love is the way of attending to this, like the personal devotion to the image of a face or thing. As I read her thoughts the neck of the bottle turned into a snake and the lamp I was reading her thoughts by cast a shadow on the sleeves of her shirt. What might be the issues of the day you attend to? One thinks to start a filling station with a master plan in which all oil and gas is pumped directly onto the highway. One seeks to marry an idea with a feeling. One seeks pleasure from another in bed, or elsewhere, one processes one's sense of pleasure, one feels serene. Passion is a way of diverting your attention from everything else you ever wanted to do or know. Pencil in whatever you thought in the margin as it occurs but don't let it attack your sense of attention to something that might not be worth remembering. Remember it now as being more than an attitude to something interminable or unrelenting for in your attention to that you became the person you didn't know could change over night and still glow like a fire, untended.

Lewis Warsh is the author of several books of poems, including Dreaming as One, Blue Heaven, and Information from the Surface of Venus, as well as two novels, Agnes and Sally and A Free Man. He is the publisher of United Artists Books and editor of The World (the literary magazine of The Poetry Project).
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Author:Warsh, Lewis
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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