It's true that anyone can fall
in love with anyone at all
Later, they can't. Ouf, ouf.

How much mascara washes away each day
and internationally, making the blue one black.
Come on everybody. Especially you girls.

Each day I think of something about dying.
Does everybody? do they think that, I mean.
My friends! some answers. Gently
unstrap my wristwatch. Lay it face down.

from Denise Riley: Selected Poems (Reality Street Editions, 2000), copyright © Denise Riley 2000, used by permission of the author and the publisher


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1Laibach Lyrik:Slovenia, 1991

2Letters from Palmer

3Lure, 1963

4A Misremembered Lyric


6Poem beginning with a line from Proverbs


8Marriage song with a remembered line

9Cruelty without Beauty

10So is it?

11Dark Looks


13disintegrate me

14The Castalian Spring


16Problems of Horror

17Goethe on his holidays

Books by Denise Riley