Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Dear S

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Dear S

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I'm reading Larkin at two a.m., and thinking now that "Love Songs in Age" (did we look at that one that night at Charlie's?) is superior even to "Talking in Bed" even to "Home is so Sad" though nothing beats the terseness and truthfulness of that title. I couldn't sleep, in case you were wondering, because the heater's broken again and the cold, I decided in a poetic turn, is like love-it'll only get worse as the night wears on. So with that Larkinesque consideration, I turned to him and then thought of you too, and our evening of poetry, the singular chaos of barbecued ribs, catnaps on the couch and (oh yes) flirtation, as much as was possible with our lovers both there and me aloof and rigid and sitting up very straight the way I do when I'm on the verge of drunkenness and feeling awkward (a way of compensating, I suppose) and wary to catch your eye, except that once when you were reading aloud "the apple unbitten in the palm" and you and I exchanged a glance like a bite of that apple and then I went to the kitchen and helped myself to more punch and you came in too and did the same and I'm fairly certain based only on that brief interaction that at this juncture, at two a. …

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