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he won’t tell you that he loves you, but he loves you

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You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you’ve discovered something you didn’t even have a name for.


Text: Excerpt from ‘You Are Jeff,’ from ‘Crush,’
a book of poems by Richard Siken
Image: photographer, subjects unknown
(do you know who the photographer is?)


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  1. The photo of the two boys driving with the Richard Siken quote is a photo by Paul Jasmin from ‘California Dreaming.’ Jasmin’s been in L.A. forever & teaches in Pasadena. Siken’s ‘Crush’ destroyed me with its beauty when I first read it.

    Posted April 30, 2014 at 5:06 am | Permalink

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