August 2023 Poem: How I Want to Love You

In this poem, a couple contemplates whether to continue with their relationship.
Written by Pat Riviere-Seel | Illustration by Marie-Louise Bennett

Pat Riviere-Seel is the author of four poetry collections. The Serial Killer’s Daughter won the Roanoke-Chowan Award. She is a former journalist, publicist, editor, teacher and lobbyist. Her latest poetry collection is When ThereWere Horses. Learn more at

Marie-Louise Bennett is a painter and conceptual artist in Raleigh.

This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of WALTER magazine.