Instructions for Finding a Lover

by David Gustavsen 


Knit a sweater from the webs

of your ten favorite spiders

and send it to your intended lover.

You will need patience and

grip, feel the architecture

of the air. He may take it

outside to burn it. Do not worry,

the char will climb his nostrils,

cling to his lungs (the lungs

which embrace the heart).


Beware—gas masks and sudden

gusts of wind can interfere

with the best laid plans.

You must be watchful,

attuned to distant vibrations,

eight legged and wise.

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