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AWAKE | Amanda Kusek’s poem finds pleasure in taking it slow.


by Amanda Kusek

I want to lose more days—

with thick aged book pages
between two fingers

let seasons pass
playing album after album of
college bands, lingering on 
Bright Eyes, not asking for a dance

lose old friends too far gone to visit
with frosting across my lips and
staining my teeth a color-
by-number grin

–in the good ways good people
grow old, but refuse to mention. 

Amanda Kusek | @cheapcourage | 
Amanda Kusek published her debut book of poetry, Night Bodiesin 2019. Her poetry has been published in Every Pigeon, EntropyMag’s Enclave, Tessellate, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Yes, Poetry. She was a featured poet at the 2017 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. She also maintains her own blog at and co-hosts the podcast Show Me Yours. Amanda lives in New York City with her boyfriend and her neurotic Jack Russell Terrier, Ajax

1 comment on “AWAKE | Amanda Kusek’s poem finds pleasure in taking it slow.

  1. Chris Kusek

    Beautiful, definitely can relate

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