Desperately Seeking

This is a poem made I wrote in 2002 as part of an art project to do with the idea of romance. I made it by taking the first couple of words (usually upper case, bold) of each ad in the personals section. I used a range of ads across different publications, created a list and then tweaked it a bit. Originally meant to be exhibited with blown up covers of romance novels. 

It’s very long.

LADY  WANTED  ROMANTIC  SINGLE
NICE EURO
ENERGETIC
GENUINE  SINGLE  BALLARAT
ATTRACTIVE  FEMALE
LATE 60’S LADY
YOUNG GOOD 43 YR OLD
65 YR OLD
WANT50’S SINGLE
BOLD & BEAUTIFUL BALLARAT
EURO GIRL
SINGLE ATTRACT
PISCEAN GUY
WOMEN SEEKING MEN
CHINESE ROMANTIC
GEELONG 27 YR OLD
57 YR OLD
CHRISTIAN NICE GUY GOOD LOOKING
SINGLE GUY
42 YR OLD
DANDENONG GUY
FIT 40’S GENT 69 WIDOWER

GSOH DTE
MORN. PEN. 44
BABY BUSINESSMAN
I’M
ATTRACTIVE
MATURE
32 YR OLD
28 YR OLD
HONEST AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSMAN
HI
56 YR OLD
ATTRACTIVE SURFER
31 YR OLD
HI
LONELY 18 ENGLISHMAN
6’2″ LOOKING FOR
SINGLE MUM
57 YR OLD GENT
PROFFESSIONAL
VIBRANT
YOUNG
34 YR OLD ITALIAN
ATTRACTIVE GENT
35 YR OLD GUY
50 YR OLD AMAZING
TROUBLE
SUCCESSFUL
32 YR OLD
36 YR OLD
ASIAN LADY
AUST. HANDSOME
49 YR OLD BUSINESSMAN
GENT, 70
BALLARAT
HANDSOME
I WANT SUNSHINE
HI
DON’T WOMEN PLAY BOY
25 YR OLD
26 YR OLD
FRIENDLY
ACTIVE
GREEK AUSTRALIAN
ITALIAN GUY
GEELONG
I’M EARLY 30’S
I AM 23 YR OLD FEMALE
FRIENDSHIP ONLY
FRIENDLY
ATTRACTIVE
DISCREET
COUPLE
SINGLE?
GAY
ATTRACT
DROMANA PROFESSIONAL
AUST.
GAY WIDOWER
EARLY 30’S
BALLARAT PARTY!
PROF MAN
EUROPEAN MAN
GENTLEMAN
QUIET MAN
REAL MAN
REFINED GENT
IDEALLY 32 YR OLD
TALL DARK
THE LAST AMIGO
THE LATIN PRINCE
TWO GUYS
INTELLIGENT
*ISN’T ATTRACTION INCREDIBLE?*
ITALIAN KIWI
MALE 23
MALE 45 PLUS
MARRIED MIDDLE EASTERN
MUSICIAN
*NOT FROM THE USUAL MOULD!*
OLDER LADY
OUTGOING 19 YR OLD
PISCES PROF MALE
SCOTTISH GENTLEMAN
ROMANTIC ROMEO’S FIRE
SENSUOUS SINGLE FELLOW
45
SINCERE SINGLE DAD
SPORTY SINGLE
SRI LANKAN STUNNER
TALL DARK
GOODLOOKING
TWO MALES
VERY WANTED
WIDOWER
WOG BOY
YOUNG
22 YR OLD MALE
5’2″
A DYING SWAN
AFFECTIONATE APOLOGY
ARTISTIC ASIAN LADY
ATTRACTIVE
CHINESE CHRISTIAN
EASY GOING
EURO
GENUINE GREEK
HONEST
IF YOUR MOBILE NO.
LADY LOOKING MARRIED
ME
PRETTY PISCES
QUIET SEEKING MALE
WIDOWED DAD
SINCERE
SINGLE MUM
SOLE SRI LANKAN
VERY SHY FEMALE
WOMAN
YOU
42 YR OLD SINGLE
FITNESS FRANKSTON AREA
FRIENDS WANTED!
NAVEL LOVER
SINCERE SINGLE MUM
SINGLE
TWO
WISHING
29 YR OLD LOOKING
ATTRACTIVE LADY
CARING
GENT
WANTED
CUTE BI COUPLE
CUTE GAY GUY
GENT 42
GENTLE 40
GENUINE
ITALIAN MAN
JEREMY
KNOX AREA
LESBIAN
MALE & FEMALE
CROSSDRESSER
MALE 58
MARRIED
NAUGHTY AND
NICE
NOVICE BIKER
PENINSULA GUY
PROF
SEXY STRAIGHT ACTING
WE ARE
YOUNG
YOUNG COUPLE
27 YR OLD
38 YR OLD MALE
NICOLE FROM KEILOR
MARRIED MALE
MALE 33
ARE YOU TALL?
BORING?
EARTHY
ANY FEMALE
I’M A GORGEOUS
BISEXUAL
CLASSY
DAY TIME MEETINGS
DARK DAD
CUTE BLONDE HAIR
CHRISTIAN
BORED DJ
FORBIDDEN FLOWERS
KOREAN GIRL
MOUNT MARTHA
GREEK LADY
HI
WIDOW
SEXY
SINGLE AUSSIE
ALTERNATIVE AQUARIUS ISRAELI
MUSIC LOVER
BABE
LOVELY FLY GUY
COUPLE
LARGE BUSTED LADY
ASIAN LADY
ATTRACTIVE COUPLE
SEMI RETIRED GRAZIER
IF I WAS A CAR
DOMINANT MALE
MR CANCER PERSONALITY
SCHIZOPHRENIC
32 YR OLD
DOMINANT MAN
ARE YOU WANTING?
*ARE YOU A HOT CHOCOLATE SPONGE?*
ATTENTION ALL MEN
ABIDING
ABLE & WILLING
A CARING
ACTIVE
AFFAIR WANTED
AFFECT AFRICAN MALE
AMAZING
*ARE YOU LOOKING FOR TRUE LOVE?*
ARE YOU
A ROMANTIC
ASIAN LADY
A ROMANTIC MALE?
ASIAN GUY
ATTACHED
ATTENTION
ATTRACT
A VERY LOVING
BALI
*BLUE SINGLET AND STUBBIES*
BORONIA BUSINESS MAN
CATHOLIC
CHRISTIAN
CITY AREA
CLASSY
CUDDLY
SOLID BUILT
*DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF?*
DOCTOR
EASY GOING
EURO MALE
FIT 40’S FRENCHMAN
FRIENDLY FUN
GENUINE & CARING
GENUINE MALE
GOOD LOOKING GREEK GUY
COUNTRY
INTELLIGENT
TWO
A GREAT GUY
CHRISTIAN
EUROPEAN GENT
GOOD HONEST ROSES
SINGLE GENT 57
TALL BI GUYS
SEEKING
YOUNG GUY 18-25
WANTED
SLIM
NOUVEAU ADVENTURES
HANDSOME
HANDSOME PROF
HARD WORKING
HARRY
HOME ALONE TOO?
INDEPENDENT
HONEST
I NEED YOU
IF YOU
I NEED YOU.

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