Linda Pastan (1932 - / New York / United States)
''Evil is simplyLinda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Instructions to the Reader," lines 28-33 (1982).
a grammatical error:
a failure to leap
''I made a list of things I haveLinda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Lists," lines 1-4 (1982).
to remember and a list
of things I want to forget,
but I see they are the same list.''
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I Married You
I married you for all the wrong reasons,
charmed by your dangerous family history,
by the innocent muscles, bulging like hidden
weapons under your shirt, by your naive ties,
the colors of painted scraps of sunset.
I was charmed too by your assumptions
about me: my serenity— that mirror waiting to be
cracked, my flashy acrobatics with knives in the kitchen.
How wrong we both were about each other,