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Courtney Queeney

Courtney Queeney is the author of Filibuster to Delay a Kiss (Random House, 2007). She lives and writes in Chicago.

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You entered the bedroom and fell to your knees.
I wait the rest of my life to hear you say, I made a mistake.

Inside my chest, a mangle.
Inside yours, a deflating balloon.

You took the vacuum cleaner, the ironing board, the dish rack
and left me some lint, an iron to scorch