10 Tender Poems of Heartbreak
by Julia Hannafin


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Valentine's Day is a peculiar one. This may be the day you get a neat bouquet of flowers and celebrate a life together with someone you love. It also may be the day you burn their left over belongings and rue the day they (and you) were born. In honor of the second vibe, we've put together a round-up of 10 break-up poems. For those in love: perhaps you'll want to avoid this list. For those bitterly reminded that they are not: check it out.

1. Yehuda Amichai, "Quick and Bitter"

2. Philip Larkin, "Talking In Bed"

3. Harmony Holiday, "The Curious Yellow Blues/Music for Chameleons // Welcome to Violence"

4. Jane Hirshfield, "This Was Once A Love Poem"

5. E.E. Cummings, "it may not always be so; and i say"

6. Anna Swir, "I'll Open the Window"

7. Pablo Neruda, "Lone Gentleman"

8. W.S. Merwin, "Separation"

9. Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Ebb"

10. Russell Edson, "Of Love and Distance"

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