Children and Lovers by Ophelia Dimalanta, a piece that captures the harassment that lovers feel when they become parents. The situation is funny and there are turns of phrase here that I find delightful (“more final than all finalities fumbled” and “love waiting suffers a little falling”).
This piece makes liberal use of the enjambment — syntactically incomplete lines that run on into the other. For this project I’ve been determined to respect the poets’ lines and I’ve tried to do so here. When reading this poem aloud, though, I’ve had to maintain balance between that and keeping the meaning of the text. The end result was a certain breathlessness. Interestingly this has led to a rhythm in my reading, at the same time, it has forced me to capture the urgency of stolen intimacy that is the subject of the poem.