Jamie Mortara’s poem once inspired me to write my own list of things you should know before dating me. My version has been written, rewritten, and is in a constant state of rewriting. The latest version appeared on my Twitter account, pushed into the world in a moment of clarity. And even in that moment of clarity, I didn’t realize how misread the signs were.

Of course mine will always pale in comparison to that of Jamie Mortara. In either case, please enjoy today’s poem.

“Too many people have claimed they can read me like a book
and then they went and put me on a shelf.”

You can purchase Good Morning America I Am Hungry And On Fire on Amazon or at the poet’s webpage, where you’ll find his other writings.

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