Ben Lerner’s latest novel, The Topeka School, was published last year. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College. (July 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

Les Marronniers

Like a tree frequently mentioned In the diary of an important person A tree fighting hard in a storm To stay literal, like character actors Given new life in a series The trees along the river A common species in the temperate world …

The Pistil

Now that nothing has been done Before, you can speak of the stigma              style and ovary Fourth whorl of the flower You can run your tongue Along the lips of the sleeping No one has touched Your hair, described the fall of it …