Minerva

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A former lover's email recalls memory of sexual frustration and wisdom gained.

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Minerva


Space is time is space is
time and time is erased in
my mind

because you and I
were always out of sync
I think, lost in ourselves

—silences punctuated
with poetry: William Carlos Williams,
Ezra and Emily, Henry Miller,

a temple to Minerva in Rome
where I always thought of you.
This minute, now, pen in hand

professing my unbridled love
for your hair, your freckles:
why does an erection always remind me of you?


We did it too, didn't we?
in your attic room, in you
and your conscience,

that dorm room.
A student asked me yesterday
how to say, in verse, “I swiped him in

to the mensa” and I said, she did
that for me too—you—came home
and found you lurking

Lazurus-like
in this cool tomb, Minerva's ruin.



9/04/2009
Rome

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from Sputnik, released March 11, 2016

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Lee Foust Florence, Italy

Lee Foust is an author and performer from Oakland, California who has lived in Florence, Italy since the mid-1990s. He teaches for various US universities abroad and is the father of one. Lee is the author of Sojourner, a collection of short stories and poems about the mystery of place, and Poison and Antidote, 9 Bohemian tales of San Francisco during the Reagan era. ... more

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