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Jen Bervin

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Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is the author of Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004) and most recently, Silk Poems (Nightboat Books, 2017). Also a visual artist, she is currently an artist in residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University, hosted by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut. 

by this poet

you’re embarrassed by your own om
you say—planning your funeral
considering deep drones
only a limited number of patterns
exist for such a song
played in one breath
a prayer for a pregnant woman’s easy delivery
a tender preamble for a new instrument
a piece played for expressing gratitude
a state