View Archives by:


New Year’s Day

Jen Currin

I signed the contract: I will hold
on to pain. Let it burn
a tumor in my throat.
Take all parts of myself,
put them to sleep.
My good foot in hell.
Television in place of food.

We go in terror of ourselves.
Skeletons with lanterns—
we are terrorists of grand proportions.
Eating the stale history
written indifferently.
I kiss the tyrant’s statue and fall to my knees.

But first let us pass through this gate
of ambitious skeletons.
Every briefcase says the same thing:
Memory blotter.

You focus on the fist.


If I’ve made anything
but peace, let me sit down
on this bench and breathe
into this bottle.

Lightning cracks the jar of night.
A murdered journalist recites
from a slim volume of verse.

On the other side, in some unknown mouth,
you are counting what cannot be counted.

My friend, I am sorry
we’ve made war.

Jen Currin

Read Bio

Author Discusses Poems