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Richard Siken

Lillian Gish Goes to Hell But she has been there before, has a suitein fact, where she can swan and collapseon a series of fainting couches: velveteen,plush, gem-colored. In 1913, during theproduction of A Good Little Devil, Lilliancollapsed from anemia. She took delight insuffering for art. Although not a religiousman, Sartre was fascinated by sufferingas… Continue reading Richard Siken

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Richard Siken

Dirty Valentine There are so many things I’m not allowed to tell you.                  I touch myself, I dream.Wearing your clothes or standing in the shower for over an hour, pretending             that this skin is your skin, these hands your hands,                                                        these shins, these soapy flanks.          The musicians start the overture while I hide behind the… Continue reading Richard Siken

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Imagine a room,a sudden glow. Here is my hand, my heart,my throat, my wrist. Here are the illuminatedcities at the center of me, and here is the centerof me, which is a lake, which is a well that wecan drink from, but I can’t go through with it.I just don’t want to die anymore. —… Continue reading Richard Siken

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He wants to be tenderand merciful. That sounds overly valorous.Sounds like penance. And his hands?His hands keep turning into birds andflying away from him. Him being you.Yes. Do you love yourself? I don’t have toanswer that. It should matter. —  Richard Siken, “Unfinished Duet,” Crush. (Yale University Press April 11, 2005)

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Personally, I’m a mess of conflicting impulses—I’m independent and greedy and I also want to belong and share and be a part of the whole. I doubt that I’m the only one who feels this way. It’s the core of monster making, actually. Wanna make a monster? Take the parts of yourself that make you… Continue reading Richard Siken

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