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It's not love till someone loses an eye · clay ventre


These poems let you eavesdrop on an intense lovers’ dialogue at the table next to you, a dialogue completely unpredictable, comic and profound. They will refresh your views of love, and of poetry, and will make you leave the restaurant full of wonder. You should put down your fork and listen.

— J.D. Scrimgeour, author of Banana Bread

Read excerpts
How Best in Bronze to Show Your Feelings for Her

Organize words into
tiny armies to invade
the shores of her

Hold your head
in your hands and
roll it up some
Sisyphean hill
named – Here is Where
the Hopeless Sigh


Carve an immovable
statue of her

Get used to it until
she shows up
carrying her
and a jackhammer

It’s not Love till Someone Loses an Eye

I should warn you
She said
Two of my former lovers
were dragged to their
deaths by wild horses

¿Only two?
He asked

She said tightening
her legs around him
But the horses part was

and he noticed the
sun had rolled off
to somewhere
it could be more

The Godless Night Kitchen (remodeled)

Where day is overcooked
and blackened to night
and the wind comes drumming
a memory of the yesterday’s
while everyone else is sleeping
more soundly than him and
his nimble fingers awake
at the abacus

He finds he and she add up
to something like unwelcome
over and over again

And smiles are contraband
to each other
and in the morning he’ll wake
before her when
someone comes to him and
tells the truth of what
an unfinished symphony
they are

And that all hearts are designed
to harden and crack.

There are birds in there

That’s how they get out

About the Author

Clay Ventre lives and writes in New England.

Copyright © 2023 Clay Ventre

Cover design by d’Entremont

ISBN 978-1-949279-47-4

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal.

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