About the Poems
by Jen Currin
Two of these poems—“Boxes” and “Eating the Scraps of Dawn”—come from a manuscript I finished nearly three years ago. The other three are more recent. I didn’t think they had much in common until I read them over just now, and it seems to me that each of them deals with issues of intimacy and relationship. Not only with other human beings, but with the physical and not-so-obviously-physical world.
I read them out loud to get an ear-sense of how they work together. Doing so reminded me of how much I like to eat language. It is delicious to encounter “next” and “cigarettes” near each other—or “lanterns” and “proportions.”
Now ask the poems what they think.