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Jennifer Kronovet is the author of two poetry collections, including, her most recent, The Wug Test (Ecco Press, 2016). She is the editor of Circumference Books, a press for poetry in translation, and lives in Berlin, Germany.

With the Boy, in the Dark

The boy is interested in black holes 
because he doesn’t know how to say
death death death. Just, infinite dark. 
Event horizon. Singularity. The boy
teaches me how to mouth the absence 
I won’t imagine—the dark keeps going
without time so it can’t hold words. 
One of us will enter it. And then another. 
But the boy makes an exception: rats 
can escape anything, are a synonym for 
what I call meaning, what you might call light.

From The Wug Test (Ecco, 2016). Copyright © 2016 by Jennifer Kronovet. Used with the permission of the author.

From The Wug Test (Ecco, 2016). Copyright © 2016 by Jennifer Kronovet. Used with the permission of the author.

Jennifer Kronovet

Jennifer Kronovet

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of two poetry collections, including, her most recent, The Wug Test (Ecco Press, 2016).

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