Jennifer Grotz


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Jennifer Grotz (born 1971) is an American poet and translator who teaches English and creative writing at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and at the University of Rochester, where she is Associate Professor. She is also a Contributing Editor for Born Magazine and the Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Grotz grew up in small Texas towns but has ... more »

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The Needle

"When your eyes have done their part,
Thought must length it in the heart."
—Samuel Daniel


. . . Thought lengths it, pulls
an invisible world through
a needle's eye
one detail at a time,

beginning with
the glint of blond down
on his knuckle as he
crushed a spent cigarette—

I can see that last strand of smoke
escaping in a tiny gasp—above the table where
a bee fed thoughtfully
from a bowl of sugar.

World of shadows! where ...

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