Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2009 |

A Long Time I’ve Wanted to Say Something

A long time I've wanted to say somethingand not know the next word untilit busied my mouth. Love talk, anger, consolation,lies, mad hints at the edge of greenwater where fish and snakes swamweirdly away from my lonesome post—five dozen kinds of greetingsand one of severenceentered this conversationI am having with the earth.O world, I want to love youbetter than I do, forgivingevery satellite dish bolted to the roofand pointed toward theubiquity of the sky,and all it holds within it like a gravid cloud—darkness first of alland then the postmortem flare of the stars,and fixed between both,satellites soaking our cellswith beamed, invisible pornographyand all its stark frustrations.its spacey coupling, its theater of vicious hunger.How many times have I gonehome through that rain,my body perforated bylong waves of strange, practiced ecstacy?World, I've wanted to box youon your huge ear, or hidesomething from youthat you badly want, right then, that instant,this now. I've wantedto p

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Paul Guest is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Because Everything Is Terrible, and a memoir, One More Theory About Happiness. His writing has appeared in POETRY, Paris Review, Tin House, Slate, New England Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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