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Jennifer Grotz_The Needle

Jennifer Grotz_The Needle

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The title poem from THE NEEDLE, the second collection of poetry from one of America's most gifted and promising younger poets, Jennifer Grotz
The title poem from THE NEEDLE, the second collection of poetry from one of America's most gifted and promising younger poets, Jennifer Grotz

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Mar 30, 2011
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12/03/2014

JENNIFER

GROTZ
1
The Needle
“When your eyes have done their part,
Thought must length it in the heart.”
— samuel dani el
. . . Thought lengths it, pulls
an invisible world through
a needle’s eye
one detail at a time,
beginning with
the glint of blond down
on his knuckle as he
crushed a spent cigarette —
I can see that last strand of smoke
escaping in a tiny gasp — above the table where
a bee fed thoughtfully
from a bowl of sugar.
World of shadows! where
his thumb lodged into
the belly of an apple,
then split it in two,
releasing the scent that exists
only in late summer’s apples
as we bit into
rough halves flooded with juice.
2
Memory meticulously stitches
the market square
where stalls of fruit
ripened in the heat.
Stitches the shadows stretched and
pulled across the ground by
the crowds pigeons
seemed to mimic
in their self-important
but not quite purposeful
strutting,
singly and in droves.
Stitches the unraveling
world where
only vendors and policemen
stood in place.

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