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Dear CALYX readers,

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For some, this means a candlelit dinner. For others, it means Chinese takeout and sappy romantic chick flicks. CALYX, on the other hand, would like to share the love by giving our readers some great deals.

The poems in Idleness Is the Root of All Love by Christa Reinig, translated by Ilze Mueller, tell a love story of two older lesbians throughout the course of a year. Written in journal form, the prize-winning German poet Christa Reinig passionately, humorously, and critically discusses her love, dreams, and fears. To celebrate the holiday, you can now purchase Idleness Is the Root of All Love and a box of Bursts Chocolates for just $16.95, or the book separately for $6.00. This is a great gift for a friend, a lover, or for that special someone-yourself.

If you would like to purchase Idleness Is the Root of All Love and a box of Bursts Chocolates, please visit http://www.calyxpress.org/ValentineBookSpecial.html.

Here are some poems from Idleness Is the Root of All Love to get you in the Valentine’s Day mood:

April

20 Thursday       It’s lovely touching

in cotton shirts

lovelier still in silken shirts

loveliest skin to skin

23 Sunday           As we eat artichokes

our plates get fuller and fuller

we love each other

more and more every day

24 Monday         Everything tastes

like biting into paper

if you’re not there

to enjoy it with me

25 Tuesday         I close my eyes

and you are there

I open my eyes

and you are there

26 Wednesday   (Two old cars at the junkyard):

If we weren’t such wrecks

we wouldn’t have hit it off with each

other

so well

(Pages 30-32)

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