The Lens of Porcelain

Rebecca Wolff

Winter 2018

For example,
one of many lenses
one of many ways
to look.
 
An idea I brought to bear
and it failed
or with some degree of success
it “worked”
tentacle magic
it materially
changed
the condition it wrapped around
 
Is this your wake-up call, over
and over and
wake up again
and wake up again
and wake up
again
opening the lid
it’s not the same lid
every time
the lid
is a little different.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently One Morning (Wave Books, 2015), and a novel, The Beginners (Riverhead Books, 2011). She is the editor of Fence, and lives in the Hudson Valley, where she is a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

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