January 18, 2016

Richard Donnelly

THE MOVIES

I can’t make love to you
the way you want me to
I can’t be George Clooney
or Bradley Cooper
that would be impossible
and not because I can’t do
what they might do
it would be impossible because
I can’t look like them
I can’t drop the lights
stand thirty feet tall before
a rapt audience and say
I know why you love me
and it’s me

from Rattle #50, Winter 2015

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Richard Donnelly: “I live in Minneapolis and write poetry because I can’t play the piano. Or hang glide.”