WE WILL NOT BE LOVERS – poetry by James Goertel

WE WILL NOT BE LOVERS – poetry by James Goertel

Master of the Housebook (fl. between 1475 and 1500). Pair of Lovers. circa from 1480 until 1485. Oil tempera with oil glazes on linden and poplar wood. 118 × 82.5 cm (46.5 × 32.5 in). Castle Museum Schloss Friedenstein

Your black tongue
French kissing lies upon mine,
The choke and gag of a spurned lover’s
Spittle filling my throat;
The Braille of my hands signing
The words I would say
If I were able:
Wishing is not the same as willing
When it comes to having your way.

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Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

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