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Rayment, C. (2011). E-mail. Psychoanal. Perspect., 8(2):288-289.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 8(2):288-289


Colette Rayment, Ph.D.

Men and women, each someone's beloved

used to arrive from distant wars

before their letters winged a way home.

Others of them died, quickly or slowly,

before the seals were broken open

at the mailbox by the garden gate.

Those yellowing texts, snapshots of

emotions frozen in time and space

arrived as archives of who their writers

were months or years before

their beloved cut and read

the history of how it used to be …

But let us not deceive ourselves:

speed is not all that lovers need.

To perfect this tricky intertextuality

one would have to be a poet,

a masterly manipulator of worded love.

Not equal to that I will instead compose

for you my soul and forward it to your address.

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