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Love Poems

Conversation with
Troy Jollimore


Rattle #43Rattle #43 focuses on the love poem, with new work by 40 poets. From sonnets, triolets, and villanelles, to free verse, letters, and lyrics—we spent a year looking for love, in all the ways a poet can slice it. Old love new love, red love, blue love. Mean love, green love, thick love, lean love. In one poem kissing is a religion, another’s love is for a chicken. The issue is a strange brew, but love potions often are. To help make sense of it all, we interview poet and philosopher Troy Jollimore, author of the non-fiction book Love’s Vision.


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Love Poems

Heather Altfeld Letter to Dick from Time
Mary Block Crown for a Young Marriage
Ace Boggess Mango Smoothie
Paula Bonnell My Ordinary Love
Byron Case Joy
Michael Cavanagh Cavalier
Elizabeth Chapman The Day Is the Island
Jim Daniels The Grand Design
Danielle DeTiberus In a Black Tank-Top
Jehanne Dubrow The Valhalla Machine
Conrad Geller And Have I Loved You?
Benjamin S. Grossberg The Space Traveler’s Crush
Mark D. Hart Ichabod
Jackleen Holton Hooters
Troy Jollimore Tamara
Jill Jupen The Space Between
Susan Doble Kaluza Kissing as a Religion
Courtney Kampa Nocturne in What Now Feels like …
Nathan Landau Aftermath
Timothy Liu The Lovers
Love Poem
James Davis May Nostos
Emily Montgomery Something Beautiful
Leonard Orr Optimist
George Ovitt Why I Like Marriage
John Poch The Difference at Café D’Arthe
Pamela Rasso Three Weeks with Etheridge Knight
Christine Rhein Speaking in Code
Timothy Schirmer Orange Marmalade
Lauren Schmidt My Father Asks Me to Kill Him
Mather Schneider Free-Form Bolero
Charlotte Seley Bright Red Bit
Eric Paul Shaffer Valediction, on Arriving in a Distant Land
Myra Shapiro The Alteration of Love
Mark Smith-Soto Satori
Joanna Solfrian Instead of a Victorian Novel …
John L. Stanizzi Triolet for Carol
Charles Harper Webb Burka
Holly Welker Dip
Richard Widerkehr In the Presence of Absence
Dominika Wrozynski Desert Love Poem


Troy Jollimore

Cover Art

Jacqui Larsen