by Stephanie Burt
(Greek Anthology 5:219)
It’s better when you blush before you kiss me, better if they don’t find out. Let’s tie each other’s shoes. Let’s run a race we mean to lose. Let’s have a crush that violates the spirit, but never the letter of the Comics Code, where what you almost see is more important than what you can. Let’s run together like melted butter under our shared cotton coverlet tonight, and never let anyone tell us we’re brave, or foolish, or bold, nor give each other reason to doubt. Let’s make each other toast tomorrow morning. Get out your pocket calendar. Let’s make our sleepover plan.
Stephanie Burt is Professor of English at Harvard. Among her recent books are After Callimachus (Princeton UP, 2020) and Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems (Basic, 2019). A new chapbook of poems about superheroes will appear from Rain Taxi Editions this year, and a new full-length from Graywolf in 2022.