The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

A sunset with a rainbow in it is not romantic. I’m pretty sure it’s not even possible.  

You don’t have to charm all the women or warm all the men’s hearts to be romantic; you can also disarm and chill. You may want to keep a chill pill on hand. 

Emotions happen—it’s weird. Just try to spread your emotions out—don’t spend too much time on fear or even happiness. And whatever you do, please don’t aim your painful sincerity at me.  

Don’t touch your hair on a bad date—this could be misinterpreted as flirting.   

Experts on romance claim that delaying gratification makes the gratification more gratifying. A sneeze is sometimes classified as an orgasm. An orgasm is sometimes classified as “classified.”

-- an excerpt of "Some Notes on Romance", from The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go

The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go
by Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney
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About Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

Elisa Gabbert is the author of The Self Unstable (forthcoming from Black Ocean) and The French Exit (Birds LLC). She is a founding member of Denver Poets’ Theatre and blogs at thefrenchexit.blogspot.com.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a member of Poems While You Wait. Her most recent book, the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake, 2012), won the Eric Hoffer Award. Her debut novel, O Democracy!, is forthcoming from Fifth Star Press in 2014. She lives in Chicago.

Together, they are the authors of the book That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths) and the chapbooks Something Really Wonderful (Dancing Girl Press) and Don’t ever stay the same; keep changing (Spooky Girlfriend Press).