by Vievee Francis
Building up in lists of delicious words —
uvular, hibiscus, loquacious, shuttlecock,
dollop, chipotles and chocolate — this poem
uses sensual language to make a simple point.
Vievee Francis moves past these words and all
their suggestions by telling us that her favorite
word is the name of her husband — the poet
Matthew Olzmann — and how she loves it
when he says her name. Love, like this poem,
can rejoice in many things, and take its own
time to unfold its own delight.
Last updated February 23, 2023