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


Susan de Sola's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ambit, The Hopkins Review, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, River Styx, Fringe Magazine, Raintown Review, Tilt-a-Whirl, Lavender Review, Light Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, and Per Contra, among other venues. She holds a Ph.D in English and American literature from The Johns Hopkins University, and has published scholarly essays as Susan de Sola Rodstein. She is a winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize. Susan lives near Amsterdam with her husband and five children.

Susan de Sola

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He could not put his lust away.
He cloistered close the past caress,
had careless thoughts that he might stay.
He could not put his lust away,
entreated me to come and play,
unbuttoning my summer dress.
He could not put his lust away,
he wanted more, but cared the less.