by Jennifer Barber

in the margin note

as throat or gullet, soul

place in
the windpipe where

breathing grows visible

and the mouth
gulps air,

with an open beak,

a swift in mid-flight,

hunger that alights
with no

warning in the grass,

in the psalmist's
O my soul.



Jennifer Barber is the author of Given Away (2012) and Rigging the Wind (2003), both from Kore Press. She teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is a founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. This poem originally appeared in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of the Bulletin.


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