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Daniel Poppick's work has been recognized with fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he earned his MFA in 2011. His poetry has appeared in BOMB, the New Republic, Granta, Hyperallergic, The Volta, and elsewhere. A graduate of Kenyon College, he has taught writing and literature at the New School, SUNY Purchase College, Coe College,Victoria University (New Zealand), the University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits the Catenary Press.
Born in Chicago, Jessica Laser holds degrees from Brown University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of two chapbooks: He That Feareth Every Grass Must Not Piss in a Meadow (paradigm press) and Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (Catenary Press). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Lana Turner, jubilat, Prelude and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Parsons School of Design.
My ruler hums on the table’s
rim, the wall
a keystroke beating
water through its precinct.
My bee unspools
her throat, for coughing
wings from plastic heralds
sleet. & December
sings its kitchen
in the lamp. I draw triangles
& touch my corners.
Something is against the law.
The Bulletproof Vest
The bulletproof vest should exist
In the bleary eyes of those who slept
As in your own house a voyeur
Shows you how to take it off
Convincing the whisper of steams to rise
From medieval mesh melted down to the armor
I think of as beauty, its arm around my mind.
I would take the immaculate climb
Over the ridges to see you
But the ridges are long
And we drove to their song
When down that coast-resembling road
We migrated south with the circus party
And laughed without nets.