The poetics of love spells

By Marjorie Jensen | July 16, 2014 | Leave a comment

Love poetry, photo by Goleudy“Clear off your desk,” she said.

I was in the office of my college newspaper finishing up an article. Earlier that day, my friend attended a poetry reading where I read a sonnet I had specifically written for her. She held a copy of it now.

My editor returned earlier than expected and caught us doing a different kind of work at my desk.

It was then I realized that I could seduce with a sonnet. That I didn’t want to be someone else’s muse. And that Yeats was right—writing was indeed a form of magick. I wanted to be the magician. Continue reading


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