Virginia Konchan

In the Late Style of Eros
January 25, 2018 Konchan Virginia

In the Late Style of Eros


Loneliness is a female shark
who circles the tank repeatedly,

feigning interest in aesthetics,
before finally eating the male.

The pleasure’s in not yielding
to mere lust, or despair.

Why bother telling you
you look like a man I loved,

when in fact you are that man,
or at least were, in the

Pleistocene era of big hair?
Four score and ten minutes ago

I looked at your photograph,
so proud to know you,

as if you were my famous relative
when in fact you’re the stranger next door.

O, mealy-mouthed cliché.
O, sweet-smelling catastrophe.

Welcome to our life
before it was lived,

dust-bowl epic eliciting
no feeling but awe.





The author of four poetry collections, Bel Canto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2022), Hallelujah Time (Véhicule Press, 2021), Any God Will Do and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2020 and 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and four chapbooks, as well as coeditor of the craft anthology Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems (University of Akron Press, 2023), Virginia Konchan‘s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The Believer.