I’m not here calling for some kind of lofty publication standards. Basic humanity is not an arbitrary “standard.”
My then-boyfriend used to say there was something gross about strip clubs. “Strippers just pretend to like you,” he said while smoking outside a strip club where we were buying a cheap dinner. “Who wants to pay someone to pretend to like you?
So I’ve found myself in a long distance relationship, again. Again! I never learn.
“I knew people want most what they pretend to hate, that it takes courage to say what you really want.”
“I drank some coffee and my outlook improved immensely. I was ready to write some poems and, I don’t know, get drunk, run around, take my shirt off and get kicked out of someplace. You know, live a little.”
Two weeks ago my house was broken into and my laptop got stolen, along with my roommate’s laptop and a bone-dry tube of toothpaste.
This is black lipstick for people who don’t want to wear black lipstick.
The first time I understood this was a thing that happened was on a day trip to Romania, when I was nine.