THE LAST TIME MY SADNESS WAS CONVENIENT

THE LAST TIME MY SADNESS WAS CONVENIENT by Delphine Bedient

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Delphine Bedient returns to us with this devastatingly good book of poems. When writing a description card for a book fair, I listed them as “gut busting/gut wrenching poems– !?!” You laugh out loud, then your shoulders sag with the weight of a familiar sadness, then your lips curl a little with a mysterious satisfaction of having been through something of major significance.

Delphine is the author of the previous Two Plum book Down and Out On A Yacht and many classic works of small press magic, including OK Cupid Messages I Have Not Responded To, Men Apologizing To Me, The Collected Status Updates Of Delphine Bedient, and many more. Delphine is the publisher of Quotidian Press, where most of her works are in print!

excerpts:

Dogs In The Rain Poem

I would happily walk the

dogs with you in the rain

the dark the park empty save

one single car running

I know that if we lived together

you would always be eating

my chips.

Maybe Sunday Poem

Could we ever be this

couple drinking coffee on

Saturday morning trick

question I work on Saturdays

but maybe Sunday I find

I can never quite have all the answers

there’s always some part that I

leave up to you.

Disappearing Field Poem

If they take away this field

how will I remember the night we

stared across it I would have

tried all afternoon to imitate

the call of that one certain bird.