• P Is for Permission

    Jennifer Habel

    Winter 2017

    a cento

    When I was a child I thought
    the answers to tests had to be
    transmitted to a person
    through some kind of food

    Another memory is of the kindergarten teacher
    saying “Good-bye, children,” at the end of the day,
    and my envy of the girl whose name I assumed to
    be Children

    In any case, it seems I was always preparing myself for tests, or thought I was

    Who was I, anyway? What was I supposed to do?

    If anything, I just thought
    I was not an unusual person,
    and in retrospect, I wasn’t

    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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