Second Poetry Portfolio


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 (forthcoming in 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.

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