The Love Poems of James Laughlin
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"I wish I could talk to your body
Less cautiously; I mean in a
Language as forthright as its
Beauty deserves. [...]
James Laughlin's love poems are absolute and ardent; he gives voice to the fears, hopes, and urgent desires that love makes a struggle to put into words. He is the amorous subject who speaks, not just aloud––he is addressing you. Reading his poetry makes you shy. But his declarations are more than mere serenades; he draws the written world into the discourse of his bleeding heart. Translations of Sanskrit and Latin, fragments from the writers and myths that have kept close to him; Laughlin's invocations are scaffoldings towards that another, "other," lover he chases through his poems: a language that can do more.
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