Poem of the Week: January 26th, 2014

Alyse Knorr, the author of Annotated Glass, provides our poem of the week, “Alice and Jenny in Their Land.” She is the co-editor of Gazing Grain Press and serves as production director for the Fall for the Book literary festival. More of her work can be found in volume 1, issue 2 of burntdistrict.

By Alyse Knorr

In the thick-fingered January nights Alice and Jenny build
rooms of oceans and tall ships with oars miles long.
The intricate masts: firm birch braided with cedar,
resin-sealed and sewn with roots thicker than Jenny’s wrists.
Moonlight reflects white off the walls of the room and over
the sea. They walk the lengths of the oars, chewing mint leaves
Alice likes to taste on Jenny’s fingers and teeth. No sun to rise.
Soft waves grazing the ships. And when Alice builds a spar
high enough to skim the moon, Jenny touches her arm,
watches her lips, and says, enough.

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