30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 18 | Trespass by Marilyn Kallet

September 18, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic



That is not your poem to write, she says.

And I claim they are all mine to write, even this.


Maybe I’ll do a fucking series

on his near-death experience. If I love him,


shouldn’t I also suffer the knife?

He is too beautiful to live, she says.


All the more reason to survive, I say.

Beauty is twice beauty, ten,


when it comes to him.

But the poem, she nags, the poem?


Right. They found a clot.

In his bloodstream.


Endymion was near-

perfect. The gods inserted


a death note.

What gods, she said?


He is not your lover

or your child.


That hit true.

I am merely his friend.


Maybe that’s what Verlaine said,

at the end.



Marilyn Kallet has published 17 books, including The Love That Moves Me, poetry from Black Widow Press. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and co-edited and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City (with J. Bradford Anderson and Darren Jackson.) Her poems have appeared recently in Plume, Connotation, Cutthroat: Journal of the Arts, and One, and are forthcoming in Blue Lyra Review. Dr. Kallet is Nancy Moore Goslee Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Each spring she leads poetry workshops for VCCA-France in Auvillar.


Marilyn Kallet








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