“Have You Ever Been In Love?”

Austin Allen

Summer 2018

“I mean, define . . . so there are different phases,
right? That first rush—‘limerence,’ I guess
some research calls it—I’ve—there have been cases—
that’s such a primal, brain-stem craziness—
you find those neurons in a salamander
(same feedback loop in heroin addicts, too)—
so, yes, when we first met, if they had scanned our—
well, I’ll say mine, at least—but is that ‘true’
in some objective sense? To claim The Feeling
feels like it intimates . . . if not quite marriage,
something damn close, or else you’re double-dealing—
sort of defrauding—which, not to disparage
the whole ‘investment,’ but that implication
fosters, I think, this culture of evasion

even around the word itself, which narrows
not just the discourse but the actual mind.

Austin Allen’s first poetry collection, Pleasures of the Game (Waywiser Press, 2016), was awarded the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. He is a doctoral student in creative writing at the Uni-versity of Cincinnati.

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