American Literature · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Passage · Poetry

Dorianne Laux

How many losses does it take to stop a heart,
to lay waste to the vocabularies of desire?
Each one came rushing through the rooms he left.
Mouths open. Words flown up into the trees.

— Dorianne Laux, from “Last Words,” Smoke (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2000)

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