Jennifer Firestone

The light took its greatest speed the light ran and ran

The language is failing at its first birth
moments before it doesn’t have a chance
it gasps for air and then fills imploding
it doesn’t have a chance yet the mind requires
its running, closing the clasp over and over

Before the last look a mouth flutters open   oh   oh
When was the mind relieved
Before or after such looks of horror   The machine regulating   I do see   I do
Like the worst plot    that deathly glance
And then she too fell wisely

And like the weather say you
The timeliness of day   Chimes
Dusk to dawn to
The oldest sun returns

Or what will grow numerously
In the hostile room where white appears
Food shoots through pipes
Whitened
The moss laying bare its body

The sight of
Skin
The bones baring
He a
Gentle-man

The room contains
Feeling, how a room
Breathes
The body fixed
The mind
Unsettles

The body fixed
Unsettles
The room it
Contains

Jennifer Firestone

Jennifer Firestone was raised in San Francisco and now lives in Brooklyn. She is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College (The New School). Her books include Gates & Fields (Belladonna), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes (Sona Books), snapshot (Sona Books), and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books) and co-authored LITtle by LITtle with photographer and urban geographer, Laura Y. Liu. Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone is the recipient of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Robert Creeley Memorial Prize.

Gates & Fields is available to preorder from Belladonna* Collaborative and will be released May 15th, 2017.

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