when the time period referred to has not finished – jesica carson davis

rory bjorkman

*
Remnants from the before

……………………………………what does this represent for you

object permanence                                       versus illusion

……………..we are all just visiting

*
This is how we let things go

……..by saying them and then waiting

……………..for their echoes                     for their ghosts

……………………….to fade until no longer recognizable

*
……………….Always coming home or going someplace

not an absolute decision

………………………………….two opposites simultaneously true

hold it close but with enough                            loose

………………………………….to slip away              if it needs to

……..if it               must

*
There are many names

…….a pool from which to choose

……………………………..the separation of bodies

…………..the difference of space between

this container we are all just                                borrowing

hourglass

Jesica Carson Davis is a poet and technical writer originally from Chicago, now living in Denver after several decades of travel. Her work has appeared in The Laurel Review, Zone 3, Columbia Poetry Review, Stoneboat, Storm Cellar, and other places. Jesica is an Associate Editor for Inverted Syntax literary journal, studied poetry at the University of Illinois (as well as The New School, NYU, and Poets House), was the final Alice Maxine Bowie Fellow at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (2016-2017), and won the Tarantula Prize for Poetry (Pilgrimage Press, 2018). Currently, she’s working on several poetry manuscripts and an ongoing project making poemboxes, which sculpturally interpret her words.

 

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