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Gangster Love

Gangster Love
By J.T. Marie

ISBN: 9781611521399


20 reward points

GENRE: Poetry
LENGTH: 24 poems
RATING: flame rating 1

Short chapbook of 24 poems which center around outlaws, gangsters, robbers, gunslingers, and thieves. On loving criminals in spite of, and sometimes because of, their crimes. Set in the Old West or Small Town America, each poem is a story of love. Think Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, or Bonnie and Clyde ... these poems celebrate the allure and romance in such doomed relationships.



    Cocksure, you swagger into the cantina,
    full of yourself, hot from the heat of battle
    and proud ... unbearably proud.
    I loathe you and your sureness, your ease
    as you sidle up to the bar, royalty
    and not your everyday, common gunslinger.
    I loathe your boastful voice, your roaming hands,
    your arrogant eyes.

    I don't know whether to wrap my arms
    around your neck and strangle the life from you, or
    sweep you into a strong embrace and never let you go.
    Your wildness excites me and
    I loathe myself for that.

    Later, in the kitchen, I scrub the pots with angry hands
    and hate myself as I listen out for the sound of your voice.
    When it whispers in my ear, a hot breath from the desert,
    I flush from your closeness, your hands
    not quite touching my waist, your body
    not quite pressed against mine.
    I loathe my reaction.
    But my brusqueness doesn't put you off for here,
    at last, stands the one cook's boy
    who doesn't fall in the wake of your passing,
    who doesn't stumble over himself to bend over for you.
    My eyes widen in surprise at your confidence
    when your smoldering lips close over mine.

    I hate myself for not
    pulling away.

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This book was published on July 01, 2010.