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From Hala Alyan:

January 27, 2018

iv.

I’ve come to love your silences. I surrender myself like a ransacked city. You take the nails but leave the hammer.

iii.

Things we talked about in courtship: superpowers, cities, what makes our fathers cry, the grandmother you hadn’t met, how Palestine isn’t a theory, love as binocular, love as fishhook, alcoholism.

ii.

Things we didn’t talk about in courtship: night terrors, God, where we’d spend Christmases, abortion, how I love to be the last girl to leave the party, bulimia, what made your exes cry, narcissistic injuries.

i.

We won’t forgive each other for the future. I see you pocket the pack of Camels but still ask if you smoke.

Wife in Reverse

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