• Jane in the Passenger Seat

    Jennifer Habel

    Winter 2019

    The floorboards are wet. The heater is gusting. The sky
    is low; the fields blank. You’ll have to
    ask Dad that, Jane answers. The backseat does not
    ask Dad that. It is February in New England.
    The destination is Trader Joe’s.

    Jane knows that centuries ago women crossed fields
    to deliver their neighbors’ children. They wore snowshoes,
    brought honey, rum, and butter. The snow
    was stirred like their skirts. The snow
    was crusted like sleep. The snow

    was deep. (The heat is on, Jane tells the backseat.)

    Jennifer Habel is the author of Good Reason, winner of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her poems have appeared in the Believer, Gulf Coast, the Massachusetts Review, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

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