Margaret Atwood

Ottawa, Ontario

Is/Not

Rating: 4.1
Love is not a profession
genteel or otherwise

sex is not dentistry
the slick filling of aches and cavities

you are not my doctor
you are not my cure,

nobody has that
power, you are merely a fellow/traveller

Give up this medical concern,
buttoned, attentive,

permit yourself anger
and permit me mine

which needs neither
your approval nor your suprise

which does not need to be made legal
which is not against a disease

but against you,
which does not need to be understood

or washed or cauterized,
which needs instead

to be said and said.
Permit me the present tense.
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COMMENTS
Quoth Theraven 13 November 2020
All's fair in love and war. J.L.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 20 May 2020
The poetess appears to be a type of Iyan Rand and her theory of objectivism. Well deserved modern poem of the day.
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paul amrod 20 May 2020
This is a very sexy and direct approach to the issue of intimate body contact which has no rules or regulations. Through all the wonderful females of my life I have the feeling what this poet means. Thanks for sharing.
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Dr Antony Theodore 20 May 2020
you are not my doctor you are not my cure, nobody has that power, you are merely a fellow/traveller.... a very fine poem. tony
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Erfan K Wandoor 20 May 2020
Simple poem but captivating
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Mahtab Bangalee 20 May 2020
Love is not a profession genteel or otherwise.....wow greatly characterised the love by the great poetess.....love has immense dimension in human character and feelings by which human is human.... great poem penned....
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Dominic Windram 20 May 2020
Wonderful poem by Margaret Atwood in which she, rather astutely, makes the case that love can not be conflated with science. According to Atwood, it is very much a living, breathing experience in ' the present tense'. that does not have to be continually analysed, ' or washed or cauterized.'
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Britte Ninad 04 March 2020
which needs neither your approval nor your suprise which does not need to be made legal which is not against a disease a beautiful poem
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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 September 2018
The LAST PART: I cannot define this as a soliloquy, but I must keep indeed the present tense and permit me, please, this last part. Thank you so much for your most valuable advice and my favorit theme: Love. Absolutely, Love is not a profession, genteel or otherwise. Thank you for these valuable words, which I regard as a most important advice. This present tensed poem makes my day, dear poetess Margaret.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 September 2018
THIRD PART: Indeed, dear poetess, it IS and needs to be said and said, permit me to cite your valuable last two lines here, thank you so much. My sincerest thanks for this most thought provoking dialogue. The very best wishes from Sylvia Frances Chan from the Netherlands.
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