Jared Singer – “Love” (CUPSI 2014)


Love can only be described
the way it is lived: in parts, hoping that the whole makes sense,
even though we know none of the pieces do. Love 1A: Love is a sandwich. Everything we do can be reduced
to the layering on of parts, to hoping we get the order right. Love is a sandwich. Both are silly little things
that didn’t exist before we created them. We put both in our mouths. Love 1B: I fuck like a hurricane! (cheering) Which is to say nothing
of its sudden onset or its volume, only that it takes
an entire team of scientists to predict when it will happen. I… (cheering) I… I fuck like a tornado! In here, we will be safe, but around us, things will be destroyed by our excess. And I promise, baby, I promise, we will not end up
in the same place that we started. There is a reason
that I always turn my sex into a joke. It is so that when it does not happen, I can pretend that it is not
because I am too fat or too lonely or going to die alone. I can pretend that it is because
you are not ready for this earthquake, for these aftershocks. Love 1C: If there is anything more like the way I fall in love
than a children’s cartoon, I haven’t found it yet. There are eight women
who say I am the perfect man, that any woman would love to have me. I have asked three of them out; they all said no. We still hang out, but, boy,
it gets awkward sometimes. If there is anything more like a tunnel
painted onto a wall than this, I haven’t found it yet. I am all Wile E. Coyote,
all lonely hunter. Love 2: Love is the only thing
that all of the songs are right about. Love is all that you need. Love is a cold and broken hallelujah! Love 2B: (beatboxing) Love is knowing that sometimes your words will never be enough, that your heartbeat will never be enough. Love is knowing that sometimes you’re going to have to rely on
someone else’s beat to make your story work. Love… (cheering) Love… Love 3: The heart is a terrible metaphor for love. All of you, please stop using it. Delete every poem with it in it. Love is not a muscle. It cannot atrophy from lack of use. Love is an organ.
It can always sneak up on you. The lungs are
a much better metaphor for love. Please always use them. That inhale is the moment of excitement
you feel when you first meet someone new. The exhale is that moment of hate
we all fear we will feel if this does not work out. But that moment between breaths
where your body could be anything– that, that is love. Love is… (breathing heavily) (cheers and applause)

100 thoughts on “Jared Singer – “Love” (CUPSI 2014)

  1. "The heart is a terrible metaphor for love. All of you please stop using it! Delete every poem with it in it. Love, is not a muscle. It cannot atrophy from lack of use. Love isn't an organ, it cannot always sneak up on you. The lungs are a much better metaphor for love. Please, always use them. At inhales the moment our excitement you feel when you first meet someone new. The exhale is that moment of hate we all fear we will feel if this doesnot workout but that moment between breath when your body could be anything, that….THAT…. is love.     LOVE IS…..(and he breathes)" Beautiful 🙂

  2. Some disrespectful people in that audience.. probably the same ones who applaud, but don't understand 

  3. One of the best poems I have had the pleasure of hearing in a while!! Fantastic!!!

  4. Too many years ago you said "A Letter to Sarah" ….. something that tears my insides out …… something i could do without, The tears that pour, knowing that my father did the same…..   stop.

  5. wow I had though i heard this poem before! Brand new and double powerFULL

  6. This touched my heart, I just want to hug you! As a fat girl, I hear you. I hope beyond hope that you have found love, and that you destroyed the world with your excess. You are the hurricane, a devastating force to be reckoned with…remember that.

  7. Absolutely Amazing & So Terribly Sadly True For Far too many!!
    I Agree Aimed at Weston James in the comment below this!
    I Hope He has Found Not Only Someone…
    I Hope He Has Found The One!! <3

  8. so true, we turn away wonderful people for pieces of shit. im done with that, I'd like to find a worth while love. one deserving of how hard I love and how I'd give everything.

  9. I met this guy in Northampton, MA at a poetry slam last night and he performed this one. This guy's amazing.

  10. This guy has my heart fully, wow he is amazing I write poetry but he is my all in all inspiration! Wow.

  11. I did an oral interpretation of this, but the class just didn't seem to understand. Sad, his words are always beautiful.

  12. I was never this into poetry until i was introduced to this man. truly amazing!!

  13. "The lungs are A much better metaphor for love." 😩
    Ugh the feels
    That was everything I hoped it would be and more!!!

  14. I'm 22 seconds in and his facial expressions and voice are FUCKINg ME UP I LOVE THIS GUY

  15. "love is knowing that sometimes you are going to have relay on someone else's beat to make your story work"

    fantastic line.

  16. I'm in love with this guy.Pure,Sheer respect.
    I can't tell you how many times I can hear this over and not tire.
    I first found him after "Silence",I keep finding him ever since 🙂

  17. "Sometimes you need to depend on someone else's bit to make your story work"thank God for such talent😘can't seem to get enough😊

  18. This is BEAUTIFUL and I would perform it in my school elocution if it weren't for the (brilliant) sex-related stuff. Though I swear I will perform it somewhere else

  19. Jared Singer and Kevin Kantor need to do a poem together. Everyone would die…….of happiness.😊😊😊😊

  20. The woman sitting behind him looks pissed when he starts talking about the women who have turned him down. Her face is like "damn, this nigga really just blew my spot like that. I ain't know he was going to talk that kinda shit. Fuck I come here for"

  21. I believe this man to be the greatest poet of all time … Just sayin

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