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MEGAN POWER lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her blog: http://meganpower.blogspot.com

28 responses to “Varieties of Missing You”

  1. Irene Zion says:


    I can believe every word,
    except for
    Nothing is really
    in the long run.

    • Uche Ogbuji says:

      With enough will anything is flushable.

      And yes, I think I’ve always been very up front with the fact that I am NOT a romantic 🙂

      • Simon Smithson says:

        I worked in the nightclub industry long enough to know the truth – I will show you fear, in a handful of what patrons leave behind. The hope on the other side of that coin, however, is embodied by the phrase: everything flushes.

  2. Megan says:

    Not in the long run, Irene. It’s true.

    Zizek says something like toilets are symbols of oblivion and nothingness. “[our] entire system of disposal…is conjured up by the need to forget what is considered taboo.”

  3. I wish “with wings” applied to almost everything.

    • Megan says:

      Wings are up there on “world’s greatest inventions”. Many a panty has been saved. Have you seen there’s toilet paper now without the roll, thanks to a special winding innovation? That kind of minor breakthrough thrills me. Some guy was working on that for years…

  4. Batteries not included?

  5. Anyway, this was awesome.

  6. Allison says:

    mmm…yes…missing you has so many levels…loved it .

  7. Uche Ogbuji says:

    Last couplet is my favorite, but love the whole thing.

  8. liesel says:

    WHAT bead of clay even sparked the sculpting of this – so awesomely new and different and strong and spot-on. I’m reacting to both the innovation here and the simultaneous deep familiarity and relevance at play. Thanks for this MLP. Missing you ExtraStrength, Waterproof and 10 x concentrated.

    • Megan says:

      Que bonito comentario mi L. I can’t claim to know where the original bead came from, but in August I started writing down (on the back of my ultra-organized grocery lists) the packaging phrases that could double as varieties of missing someone. Then I trimmed it down and submitted it. It could have been 600 lines but these were the best ones.

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  10. jmblaine says:

    Love your minimalism
    childhood friend

    King-size love
    for the
    poet Texan

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  12. Zara Potts says:

    Great piece! Labels with a perfect fit.

  13. Judy Prince says:

    Love this, Megan!

    Apt, I suppose, that adverting equates with love. Does it mean that we “capitalise” on love?

    BTW, a HOOT escaped my lips when I read “with wings”—-and for quite a different reason than Sean Beaudoin appreciated it.

    Glad to see you back and TNB poet’ing!

  14. Tipo Robín says:

    Old Zizek, that neo-Marxist lit. theorist whose physical ticks remind of how one will be if they never stop thinking.

    This poem very post-mod, minimal, western dualistic (and about all I have time to look at right now). Very impressed how you’ve used marketing tags to comprise a poem, something Warhol would be grinning at right now if he saw it.

    Flushably yours,


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  16. Simon Smithson says:

    King sized.

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