Lesbian Writer Eloise Klein Healy Named First Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

Eloise Klein Healy, a lesbian poet and teacher, is honored with Los Angeles' top poetry position.

BY Daniel Reynolds

December 07 2012 4:32 AM ET

Artemis

I am thinking about romance and its purpose.
Children and why I didn't have any.
I would have left the cave and them with it
or I would have tied them to me forever
with my own sad dreams and finicky order.

I've liked young animals better.
I could put their heads in my mouth.
I could lick and clean them like a mother,
but I could not raise a child.
The first thing a child should see
is the pink sunrise of a nipple, not the green wind
of a branch whipping in passing.

I chose to keep animals around me instead
because we are the same. We have habits
and make strange circles before we sleep.
We don't like to be watched while we eat.

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