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Poetry Everywhere

By (May 1, 2017) No Comment

Above the window in the dentist’s office
through which I watch sparrows pop around
the branches of a white light-laced pine tree
Is that where the poetry is? a man on TV says,
“Our President is a liar.” That’s not where
the poetry is, is it?
“Can I have nitrous?” I ask,
a tear teetering. Is that where the poetry is?
“Bad experiences?” she asks. There? “Very.”
“You bite the inside of your cheeks in your sleep,”
she noted, looking inside me with a light. “I tear
myself apart,” I strain my jaw to share the scars.
Maybe there? “I would give it to you, but I just
took a pregnancy test. I don’t want anyone to
know, but I can’t be near nitrous. Let’s reschedule
you with someone else,” she winked. There it is.
“Oh…of course…congratulations.”

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of four books of poems. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Poetry series as well as in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and American Poetry Review. The Los Angeles Book Review said of her most recent book, Days of Shame & Failure, “This panopoly of twenty-first century American human experience leaves the reader a different person.” She teaches at Iowa State University and is currently at work on a culinary memoir.