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by Joe Nasta 9 months ago in love poems · updated 9 months ago
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he touched me so I live to know

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for Cass

he touched me so I live to know

how utterly indifferent they were in Sparta

of an unremitting pleasure

“I give them three weeks here,”

that’s one point of view: without a doubt

that it will come again,

our parallel delirium,

a new world that was Greek and great

“—kind of foolish,”

and now I’m different from before

“he don’t look smart,”

to the mirage we carry on

“she’s got a nose of her own,”

on to my dreamed-of paradise

as if I breathed superior air,

as no other has been illustrious

it was a boundless place to me.

** a cento composed of lines from “Lover’s Wine” by Charles Baudelaire, “In 200 B.C.” by C.P. Cavafy, love poem LII by Emily Dickinson, and “The Displaced Person” by Flannery O’Connor.**

This poem was included in my book "I want you to feel ugly, too," which can be read on issuu.

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About the author

Joe Nasta

Hi! I'm Joe (ze/zir), a queer multimodal artist and writer. I work in Seattle & I write love poems.

@roflcoptermcgee on Instagram

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