I had a lover once,
I had a lover twice,
easily three times I loved.
And in between
my heart reconstructed itself perfectly
like a worm.
And my dreams also reconstructed themselves.
After a time, I realized I was living
a completely idiotic life.
And sometime later, you and I
began to correspond, inventing
an entirely new form.
Deep intimacy over great distance!
Keats to Fanny Brawne, Dante to Beatrice—
[. . .]
“From a Journal” is from Louise Glück’s 2001 collection The Seven Ages. It was published by HarperCollins.
Contributed by Jessica Beasley (Florida State University, 2018)