Marianne Boruch is the author of The Little Death of Self: Nine Essays Toward Poetry. Her latest book of poems is Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing; her tenth collection, The Anti-Grief, will be published later this year.
 (January 2019)


The Museum of Silence

Those Poor Clares must wonder why the racket louder than usual, three-euros-a-pop tourists queuing up outside, weekends the convent on pause. It’s the noise in their heads, the old nun might say with what’s left in her head, the girlhood …


How salmon love
sex enough to fight uphill in waters blasting
brilliant, some
one hundred mph (fact-checkers,
forget it, I’m close.) How we stood, old inkling
of such exhausting omg
Darwin would have…