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Solitude

Spring 2010 :: Current Issue

Fooling Around in the Aisles of the Library of Love

Andrew T. McCarter

To love is to enjoy seeing, touching, and sensing with all the senses, as closely as possible, a lovable object which loves in return.

—from Love by Stendhal

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Sometimes it’s simply about her eyes.

Her eyes, for a moment, one slow moment in passing.

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Love by Stendhal
Love by Toni Morrison
Love by John Cowburn
Love by Leo F. Buscaglia
Love by Javad Nurbakhsh
On Love by Alain de Botton
Love by Rosemary Haughton
Love by Charlotte Maria Susan Bury
Love: A Play in Five Acts by James Sheridan Knowles

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Her eyes the color of trees.

Her trapezoidal nostrils.

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Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
Love and Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love by Dorothy Tennov
Love and War by John Jakes
Love and Will by Rollo May
Love and Honor by Randall Wallace
Love and Country by Christina Adam
Love and Responsibility by Pope John Paul
Love and Ghost Letters by Chantel Acevedo
Love and Saint Augustine by Hannah Arendt
Love and Other Four-letter Words by Carolyn Mackler

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The mole just under the curve of her left cheek, just above the corner of her mouth when she smiles.

It is impossible to describe its location when she is not smiling.

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Love, Hate and Reparation by Melanie Klein
Love, Sex and Money by Sharleen Cooper Cohen
Love, Heterosexuality, and Society by Paul James Johnson
Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays by Christopher Hitchens
Love, Human and Divine: The Heart of Christian Ethics by Edward Collins Vacek
Love, Light, and a Dream: Television’s Past, Present and Future by James W. Roman
Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients by Bernie S. Siegel

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There is the kiss on the cheek. There is the kiss on the lips.

There is also the kiss placed deliberately, lightly on the corner of the mouth.

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Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
Fox in Love by Edward Marshall
Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
Frog in Love by Max Velthuijs
Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard
The Reasons of Love by Harry G. Frankfurt
The Meaning of Courtly Love by F. X. Newman
Science of Love: The Wisdom of Well-Being by Thomas Jay Oord
The Truth About Love by Stephanie Laurens
All About Love by Stephanie Laurens
All for Love by John Dryden

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Her laughter, the most beautiful language I can’t understand.

The prison of her exquisite ribcage.

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I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges
I Love to Collage!: I Love to Collage! by Jennifer Lipsey
I Love the Rain by Margaret Park Bridges
I Love My Mommy by Sebastien Braun
I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
Why Do You Love Me? by Laura Schlessinger
I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know by Ellen Kirschman
I Love You, You Idiot by Cathy East Dubowski
I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse
I Love You Like a Tomato by Marie Giordano

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Sketching her nude, I caress her in another dimension.

“Draw me with wings,” she says with a bounce on the bed.

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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich
Love Among the Chickens by P. G. Wodehouse
Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald G. Jampolsky
Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection by Deborah Blum
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont
Love in a Dead Language by Lee Siegel

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Her eyes and her wrists and the way she rolls them.

The roller coaster of each and every one of her pubic hairs.

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Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich
A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens
A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey
Mad Love by Andre Breton
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Equal Love by Peter Ho Davies
Baby Love by Catherine Anderson
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick
No Greater Love by Mother Teresa
No Greater Love by Danielle Steel

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One of her farts, while she sleeps, slipping out in the middle of the night to meet me.

My lips brushing the creases left by our bed sheet in her warm morning skin.

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Love: Poems by Danielle Steel
Love Poems by Anne Sexton
Great Love Poems by Shane Weller
101 Classic Love Poems by Sara L. Whittier
The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell

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The pleasure of counting the ways she wears her hair.

Sometimes it’s simply about continuing to count.



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