Contradiction Express · Cindy Veach

I was bamboozled
by love notes. Post-its
left in pockets, duffels, shoes.

I went along,
could not resist
his lexicon.

One for me. One for him.
A three-decade quid pro quo.
I wish there were a bibliography

that cited every fight.
First a ripe tomato.
Then a fist. Both hit

the wall, split.
I rode that coaster.
Hung on for dear life.

Love note. Bloodlust.
Love note. Bloodlust.


Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), named a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, Sugar House Review, Salamander and elsewhere. Her long poem, "Witch Kitsch", won the New England Poetry Club’s 2018 Samuel Washington Allen Prize.