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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


I am an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. I have published a book on Boiardo and Ariosto ("Hopeless Love," University of Toronto Press, 2009), and articles and book chapters on Dante, Boccaccio, and other topics in Italian studies. My poems "The Bathroom Door" and "The Stingy Carver" appeared in the Fall 2014 and Summer 2016 issues, respectively, of "The Lyric." In 2016, I was a General Contributor in Poetry at The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. I live in Guelph.

Mary-Michelle DeCoste

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Coming home to you after
the first time I was unfaithful
felt like coming home
from a trip abroad:
what had once been familiar seemed foreign
until it didn't anymore and
it was just home again.

Because you have no interest in travel,
I didn't tell you
where I had been or
what I had done there.

You didn't seem to notice
that I had gone
anywhere at all.