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Paradise by the Netflix Lights

Updated: Sep 16, 2017 12:59
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image from Pintrest. Could’t find the name of the photographer. But it is beautiful.

This originally appeared in my zine Love Notes and Other Disasters. If you like this poem please grab a copy.

Amy Winehouse breaking my heart
moaning dead tunes that crackle
from the speakers of your cell phone
while we fuck on your bed
in your living space
in your ex boyfriend and his wife’s
living room
The only separation being
three curtains which, with the wall, make a box.
The only other separation being my heart from my cock.

Which is inside you now.

The TV screen illuminates the room
dim and mute
as I pull your hair
and your nails dig into my back
my left hand closes around your neck
and you gasp

Paradise by the Netflix light

At the Hemlock earlier you told me
let’s go home and fuck
but you can’t spend the night
I looked at your hands
older than they should be, given your
perfect all-American face
and I thought of the tattoos that cover your
perfect all-American body
that say things I don’t remember
but mean
“I am lost.”

I am too, we just wear it differently.

This bed is not quite a futon
but more a love seat that folds out
and it’s not quite a love seat
because this isn’t love
you’re incredibly beautiful
and remarkably broken
and I could never love you
but I do love these moments,
sweaty in this living room
weaving ourselves together
like being part of a living loom.

And once we’re done
I kiss your arms
and I kiss your neck
and I kiss your shoulders
and I kiss your back
Little nips of intimacy
that make this feel less like a handshake

And then I go home
as per your request.

If you like this piece please grab copy of my zine Love Notes and Other Disasters. It has this and lots more of my best work. 

Love Notes and Other Disasters

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.


  1. Heather Robinson - Artisanal Trouble Maker
    Heather Robinson
    July 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Now I really want to have a tragic one nighter. Damn you.

    • Bay City News
      Broke-Ass Stuart
      July 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

      You should!