The pleasure of looking at you. Across this room full of laughter which seems to cast shadows long and wide enough for me to know that I’m sitting precisely where I am so I can feel what I do, even if it is only for a moment, even if I must leave.

Can’t wait to get hold of Hymns for the Drowning. SB, thank you. You’re phenomenal.

Where does such tenderness come from?
Marina Tsvetaeva

Where does such tenderness come from?
These aren’t the first curls
I’ve wound around my finger—
I’ve kissed lips darker than yours.

The sky is washed and dark
(Where does such tenderness come from?)
Other eyes have known
and shifted away from my eyes.

But I’ve never heard words like this
in the night
(Where does such tenderness come from?)
with my head on your chest, rest.

Where does this tenderness come from?
And what will I do with it? Young
stranger, poet, wandering through town,
you and your eyelashes—longer than anyone’s.

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