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Bookmark This: PEN's Favorite Love Poems

For this special Valentine's Day edition of Bookmark This, the PEN staff have shared their favorite love poems. Enjoy:

Grant Hutchins, Program Coordinator, recommends:

"The Flea" by John Donne
Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be...

Libby Flores, Program Manager for Emerging Voices and The Mark, recommends:

"Surreptitious Kissing" by Denis Johnson

I want to say that
forgiveness keeps on

dividing, that hope
gives issue to hope...

Sasha Mann, Digital Media Manager, recommends:

"To The Harbormaster" by Frank O'Hara

I wanted to be sure to reach you;
though my ship was on the way it got caught
in some moorings. I am always tying up
and then deciding to depart...

Hilary McCreery, Program Manager for Membership and Awards, recommends:

"Snow and Dirty Rain" by Richard Siken

Close your eyes. A lover is standing too close
to focus on. Leave me blurry and fall toward me
with your entire body. Lie under the covers, pretending
to sleep, while I’m in the other room...

Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events, recommends:

"The Blue Terrance" by Terrance Hayes

If you subtract the minor losses,
you can return to your childhood too:
the blackboard chalked with crosses...