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April 15, 2012      

Affinity: An Actual English Sonnet by Jeanine Deibel

Listen to a reading of “Affinity: An Actual English Sonnet” by Jeanine Deibel.

You say my eyes remind you of Jean-Pierre
Leaud, the early years, in Nineteen Sixty
La Nouvelle Vague films, with a forcible stare.
I say that’s unfamiliar French to me,
and you begin to speak with your hands. We watch
footage in black and white of a taut-jawed
young man, a master of subtlety, who capt-
ures us in every frame, whether with a bawd,
or maid, or a man, it’s all the same, because
his eyes are an invitation without an exit.
Is it the mood, then – the square shape of his face –
what resemblance? I ask of your disappointment.
A simple way of being – Intensity,
you say, a brow without apology.

Jeanine Deibel

About the author:

Jeanine Deibel is an MFA Candidate at NMSU where she teaches Creative Writing and works as Managing Editor for Puerto del Sol. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Parabola, Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and Short, Fast, and Deadly among others. For more information, visit:

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