9 Poems To Give Your Sweetie for Valentine's Day — Because Nothing's More Impressive Than A Recitation
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If you're a fan of Valentine's Day you know that more than half the fun of the occasion is the prep. Whether you're shopping for a special outfit — or a special something to wear under that outfit — planning an on-point date night menu, or crafting the best playlist ever, you know that what Jackie Kennedy once said is true: "It takes an awful lot of effort to make everything look effortless." But if you're looking for one more way to nail this Valentine's Day, it's time you change the game and give your sweetie a love poem.

Okay, sure, you can write it. But you're still going to have to recite it.

Yes, there are plenty of ways to impress your valentine. And while soufflé or a lover's bower of an AirBnB are nice, they don't involve the blood, sweat, and tears that a good poetry recitation does. (It's not getting any easier to memorize things!) Learning a poem and sharing it with your date is an intimate and vulnerable act, one that's sure to be unforgettable.

Worried about stumbling? Don't be. These nine poems are totally learnable, and you're guaranteed to win the heart of any bookworm — or romantic, for that matter.

1"Plex" by Lisa Robertson

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2"Love's Body" by Jonathan Wells

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3"Our Happiness" by Eileen Myles

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4"Ditty" by Kevin Young

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5"This Much and More" by Dijuna Barnes

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6"Let's Put It To Music" by Johnny Cash

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7"El Beso" by Angelina Weld Grimké

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8"Alone" by Jack Gilbert

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9"[love is more thicker than forget]" by ee cummings

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