The poet’s seven-year romantic relationship with another writer ended in 2017. They were not married, but they did make a non-nuclear family. The poet reflects on positive, mutually supportive aspects of the relationship such as poetry, career support, food politics, exploring urban environments, and metaphors for justice. The poem reflects on how feelings of remorse, regret, and alienation, are structured by the idioms that shaped their lives together, but now are obsolete, retrograde, but still beautiful as sentimentality. The poem is offered here as an example of artwork generated by the paradoxes of a family dissolved: apology without reconciliation, a state of closure in a state of separation.
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