Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 PoetryMarch 19, 2024 |

Quantum

A table. And on it a vase of flowering quince branches. But a table is only a joke the gods are making: continuous motion disguised as permanence, as a “place.” Something to set a vase on. Something you can wipe with a cloth. The body is not a place. You learned this when her body became a sound your voice was trying to make. Like the orchard in spring, frenzied with humming bees ferrying the gold grains from tree to tree, the endless sexual material— What you think is form is just a kind of trembling.

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Jenny George is the author of The Dream of Reason (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She is a winner of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in The New York TimesPloughsharesGrantaIowa ReviewFIELDLos Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. George lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she works in social justice philanthropy.

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A table. And on it a vase of flowering quince branches. But a table is only a joke the gods are making: continuous motion disguised as permanence, as a “place.” […]

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