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For Easy-Reading When You are Alone

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She wanted them to think he was her lover, but more than that she wanted him as her lover. Even if only once…The Bird was playing. She tilted her heard toward the radio and listened to the hard sounds piling up on each other, yet not touching, waiting to hold Vinnie’s hand, the strange beautiful sounds moving her to a strange romance where love was born of affection, not sex; wanting to share just this, just these three minutes of the Bird with Vinnie, these three minutes out of space and time and just stand together, perhaps their hands touching, not speaking, yet knowing…just stand complete with and for each other not as man and woman or two men, not as friends or lovers, but as two who love…these three minutes together in a world of beauty, a world where there wasn’t even a memory of johns or punks, butch queens or Arthurs, just the now of love…         Page 53. “The Queen is Dead,” Last Exist to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

3 Responses to “For Easy-Reading When You are Alone” Subscribe

  1. Sel March 3, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    “…where love was born of affection…”
    Really pretty.

  2. Ainehi Edoro March 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Hey Sel,

    How are you? It’s been a while!

  3. Sel March 4, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    Hey…I’m well and it has. Your space expanded…nice look.

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