Jakob Maier

Dancing

I wanted to look at you
at the reading, to say
“This is a poem about
slow dancing” while
looking at you, who
the poem makes me
think of, but you were
late and I was already
done when you arrived
and sat between me and
the strangers. So I read it
to you that night in bed
instead, which doesn’t
feel like a public place,
but it is, because it’s in
this poem. Sometimes
we need everyone to
know, so we write about
love—the slow shuffle,
the parts that lead
and the parts that follow,
not knowing what to do
when the dance is done.

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Jakob Maier is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, where he works as a poetry editor for Salt Hill Journal. His work has been published in Shabby Doll House, Metatron’s ÖMËGA blog, The Mays Anthology, Human Parts, The Newer York, and more. You can find him at iammaier.tumblr.com and twitter.com/iammaier.

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