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“Like a hook into an eye”: 9 anti-love poems

Fed up of mushy love poems? Find inspiration in these anti-love poems instead.

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anti-love poems - poem through the heartSick of being sick with love? Wishing you could smite the smitten?  Love to hate on love? We hear you. Instead of sharing our favorite lovesick, starry-eyed sonnets and stanzas, we’ve rounded up our favorite anti-love poems to provide a little un-Cupid inspiration this Valentine’s Day. From breakup poems to “screw you” poems, you’ll find every form of love-hate in these poems. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to try your hand at your own anti-Valentine ode.

1. Margaret Atwood’s “You Fit Into Me

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye


2. Kevin Young’s Slow Drag Blues

I don’t believe in sex
after marriage.
       My wife does, just
not with me.

3. Marina Tsvetaeva’s “An Attempt at Jealousy

How is your life with that other,
you, my own.

Is the breakfast delicious?
(If you get sick, don’t blame me!)
How is it, living with a postcard?
You who stood on Sinai.

 4. Beth Ann Connely’s “Poem Not to be Read at Your Wedding

You ask me for a poem about love
in place of a wedding present, trying to save me
money. For three nights I’ve lain
under the glow-in-the-dark-stars I’ve stuck to the ceiling
over my bed. I’ve listened to the songs
of the galaxy. Well, Carmen, I would rather
give you your third set of steak knives
than tell you what I know.

 5. BJ Ward’s Cuckoldom

Untruth in her

troth sallowed

the language, sullied

a certain conjugation:

how she lied

as she lay with me.

Apparently her

monogamy was too

close to monotony.

 6. Dorothy Parker’s “Men

They hail you as their morning star
Because you are the way you are.
If you return the sentiment,
They’ll try to make you different;
And once they have you, safe and sound,
They want to change you all around.

 7. Jill Alexander Essbaum’s “What Isn’t Mine

Let us rut through the sum

Of who we were,
Or are,

Or will be in the years to come:
A couple

Of someones
Who used to be in love.

 8.     Laetitia Pilkington’s “A Song: Strephon, your breach of faith and trust

Strephon, your breach of faith and trust

     Affords me no surprise;

A man who grateful was, or just,

     Might make my wonder rise.

 9. Audre Lorde’s “Movement Song

Do not remember me

as disaster

nor as the keeper of secrets

I am a fellow rider in the cattle cars


you move slowly out of my bed   

saying we cannot waste time

only ourselves.

Which poems did we miss? Let us know your favorite anti-love poems in the comments below.

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