I thought fleetingly he might give it to me, as he knew I wanted it.
She must know she was a mistake, what they call now a surprise.
Because you are unhappy, for pity’s sake, come close, near my heart.
Long before I saw London I smelt it in the bitter smoke of the sea-coal.
The features of the girl in the bathing suit suggest a mixed-race origin.
Years they sought her, whose crew left on the water a sad Welsh hymn.
If your father were here, he wouldn’t put up with your insolence.
“For the entire time I was there I couldn’t get that out of my head.”
The moment in your drunk when you become rich! A connoisseur.
One felt all the poor lady’s barriers were falling save her manner.
This morning I watched two elephants dance the boogie-woogie.
He said, You have no brother. I didn’t know what he meant. I do now.
Each night I curl my body around a small piece of silence.
She had a situation where she’d lost her driver’s license for speeding.
If you want to know what to write, ask yourself what obsesses you.
Ma didn’t believe in slapping. It was what common people did.
It swims for a while, but abandons itself, slips from its own grasp.
We chose to stay in the brutality of that night, even as the girls walked away.
We were in a play about affection. We were in a play about sex.
It almost makes you cry, to know that you are no longer needed.
The pain lithified to numbness, and she recalled the time of his courtship.
We talked. She was the same inside as I am, from the same kind.
The people with pebbles go home to frolic under the detritus of the day.
I hear myself giving advice in my father’s voice: Take the emotion out.
It takes a strong woman to make any sort of success in the West.
His looks were Russian. He was surrounded by mystery.