WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I STARE AT MY PHONE

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    THE DARK, DARK CITY

    my purse is full of secrets
    i want to kiss you, but
    not near the subway entrance

    my fingertips press hard red
    the sides of your plastic glasses
    google heart attack symptoms

    my eyelids never open
    no, i don’t think
    fugitives don’t need to see at night.

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    THE FIRST GHOST

    the first ghost
    was an old lover,
    made the house
    smell like whisky
    & kiehl’s oil
    left the phone
    off the hook
    said, “i’m sorry,”
    to me in the shower,
    to which i replied:
    “are you done now?”

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    TIME BANDIT

    i want to sleep with you in marfa,
    with good weed, your curls, your lips

    i could call you daddy & it’s okay
    we’re all struggling daddy,
    we’re all running on empty

    just my mouth with your collarbone,
    your sage smelling skin
    i’m still sleeping in your pickup truck
    forgetting my panties in the morning

    i’ll give you coffee or an apple,
    i want to know how to live in the present tense.

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    WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I STARE AT MY PHONE

    i can still feel your breath
    on my neck. i wish it didn’t feel
    like tiny pins under my earlobe
    when you leave.

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    WOULD YOU LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH?

    my heart is made out of palm trees:
    a forest hiding in a cocktail skirt

    i’ll tell you oceans & let you borrow
    my hands for the length of a story

    this birth is a gift, but only
    if we really know each other

    look, if you listen closely, i left
    part of me in a palm leaf

    you can find me in the venice canal
    right, friend?

    *WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I STARE AT MY PHONE

    Stephanie Valente’s waiting for the end of the world takes places between the world of the living and the dead. Inspired by the major arcana tarot cards, the poems explores the unstoppable forces of urgency, love, sex, desire, longing, and identity.

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    WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I STARE AT MY PHONE