Meghan O'Rourke

(1976 / New York / United States)

Meghan O'Rourke Poems

1. Sleep 4/4/2016
2. Sun In Days 4/4/2016
3. The Night Where You No Longer Live 4/4/2016
4. Troy 4/4/2016
5. Demeter in Paris 4/4/2016
6. Ophelia to the Court 4/4/2016
7. Poem of Regret for an Old Friend 1/2/2018
8. My Aunts 1/2/2018
9. Surveillance 1/2/2018
10. Persophone In The Golden State 1/2/2018
11. Persophone In The Desert 1/2/2018
12. My Life as a Subject 4/4/2016
13. Inventing a Horse 4/4/2016
14. My Aunts 11/25/2014
15. On Marriage 4/4/2016
16. Ever 4/4/2016

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Never, never, never, never, never.
—King Lear

Even now I can't grasp "nothing" or "never."
They're unholdable, unglobable, no map to nothing.
Never? Never ever again to see you?
An error, I aver. You're never nothing,
because nothing's not a thing.
I know death is absolute, forever,
the guillotine—gutting—never to which we never say goodbye.
But even as I think "forever" it goes "ever"
and "ever" and "ever." Ever after.
I'm a thing that keeps on thinking. So I never see you
is not a thing or ...

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My Aunts

Grew up on the Jersey Shore in the 1970s.
Always making margaritas in the kitchen,
always laughing and doing their hair up pretty,
sharing lipstick and shoes and new juice diets;
always splitting the bills to the last penny,
stealing each other's clothes,
loving one another then turning and complaining
as soon as they walked out the door. Each one with her doe eyes,
each one younger than the last,

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