“Astrological Sign Poem”

A Poem by Dorothea Lasky

December 1, 2017  By Dorothea Lasky

Aries, we are just a couple of brutes
Taurus is a figment of Nostalgia
Gemini, you have the courage to not love anything
Cancer, you love your fantasy, too
Leo is a brute, too, but a gentle one
Virgo, you bore me
Libra, you are insane
Scorpio, you are meaty, but you are also very mean
Sagittarius, could you just keep going
Capricorn, you are nothing if not hell
Aquarius, I love you
Pisces, I love you, too

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Dorothea Lasky
Dorothea Lasky
Dorothea Lasky is the author of seven books of poetry and prose, including The Shining (October 2023, Wave Books) and Animal (Wave Books). She is also the editor of Essays (Essay Press, 2023) and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's). Currently, she lives in New York City and teaches poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts.

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