Summer 2020 - Poetry

Jeremy Rock 



And I know you are out there, tasting

acacia gum and starch, fifth in line

at your local Postal trying to speak with cardboard


a cipher so elaborate it cannot fit

in a phone line. You are packing used

underwear, a non-rewritable disc labeled for when


I can’t (be there), and my sweat-

shirt you’ve taken to sleep for a week. The tape

smells of old book binding, the flat-rate pennies


of a blood older than the address

to which you send. A stamp still wet with your spit promises

eternity, but you know better. You know domestic, you know


priority, but when you tell the clerk non-machinable hand-

sorted, you wonder if you ask too much.



Jeremy Rock is from Frederick, Maryland, and is currently a student at Salisbury University. He has work published or forthcoming in Waccamaw, The Shore, Stonecoast Review, The New Mexico Review, and elsewhere.


This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council

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