What good is all my smallness, this?

Jory Mickelson

the kindling of the nettle’s green

how we survived descent
the sputter of the doe’s ear

what to the field is the wind
how the blade of grass
cuts nothing

the painter’s brush stiffens
forgotten, the pigment’s weight

Jory Mickelson is a queer writer whose work is forthcoming and has appeared in Sixth Finch, Mid-American Review, Diode Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, and other journals in the United States, Canada, and the UK. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. The author of three chapbooks, their most recent is Self-Portrait with Men in Cars, published in 2018.

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