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Danusha Laméris: Reading My Valentine’s Poem to Frank X. Gaspar

I am thirty-two, and in love, again, this time
with a man whose name rolls off my tongue
like water. I’m afraid of hope.

February 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The Chemistry of Love

Oxytocin and
Dopamine dancing
In the hallways of attachment

February 14, 2020 · 4 Comments

Wendy Cope: Flowers

Look, the flowers you nearly bought
Have lasted all this while.

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Catullus: “You ask how many of your kisses, Lesbia”

Quaeris, quot mihi basiationes tuae, Lesbia, sint satis superque. quam magnus numerus Libyssae harenae lasarpiciferis iacet Cyrenis oraclum Iouis inter aestuosi et Batti ueteris sacrum sepulcrum; aut quam sidera multa, … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet’s first kiss

Act One, Scene Four ROMEO [To JULIET] If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: A Day for Love in the Age of Trump

You might say that at its inception St. Valentine’s Day was born as a lover’s “blizzard.” For, as legend has it, Saint Valentine, a third century Christian priest, selflessly ministered … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christina Rossetti: February 14. 1883

A world of change & loss, a world of death, Of heart & eyes that fail, of labouring breath, Of pains to bear & painful deeds to do:— Nevertheless a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frida Kahlo: Sketch of Diego

Growing up from his Asiatic-type head is his fine, thin hair, which somehow gives the impression that it is floating in air. He looks like an immense baby with an … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: I didn’t Like It the First Time (The Spinach Song) by Julia Lee

  Julia Lee (October 31, 1902 – December 8, 1958) was an American ” dirty blues” musician. Born in Boonville, Missouri, Lee was raised in Kansas City, and began her musical … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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