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Jennifer Poteet

Date of Birth: 2/15/64
Location: Glen Ridge, NJ
Published In: Salonika, The Astrophysicist's Tango Partner Speaks, Stirring V2:E5


I learn the most about
you by what you've left
behind in bookmarks.

Language rode in on four legs;
pistol smoking,
an outlaw
who held you hostage for a while.

You roadstopped what you needed to
with a post-it note, a matchbook, a business-card.
Once there was even a button.

These are those cities and towns of your boyhood
you've always meant to return to.
Or a woman whose name you never knew,
who loved you all night,
on more than one occasion,
and whose inflection and smell you strain to remember.