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This poem was first published by the Boxcar Poetry Review, and is included in the book Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015).

Read the full text of the poem here.

Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015), The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Isobar Press, 2014), and the chapbook A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland (Concrete Wolf, 2006). Recipient of the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal, she’s had work in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. Her work is being made into a short film by Motionpoems (May 2015). She lives in Japan.

Favorite poets: “My favorite poets are Anne Carson, Cole Swensen, and Inger Christensen. The best books I have read in the past year include Shane McCrae’s Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Sarah Vap’s End of the Sentimental Journey, and Matt Rasmussen’s Black Aperture.”