Five Love Poems

Kaveh Akbar

Spring 2017

I meant to invite you
to my confession
and maybe I did
it might
have gotten lost in the mail
or in the back
of my mouth
who can keep track of such
loss
I was so focused on what
I would confess
and in whose language

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I know if I were
stronger
you would
love me less
but today I demand both
strength
and devotion
the iron general
and the iron horse he rides

Kaveh Akbar’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be out with Alice James Books in September 2017.

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