Hanae Jonas


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Hanae Jonas


Hanae Jonas

 
 
 

Denials


Denials


 

Denials


I stop taking notes on the minutiae 
of my feelings      A few words stay near me 
but no one likes them much
Magic      syntax      the mass murder
of my ancestors      I’m used to holding close
unpopular ideas      The jury milks a law

I do not believe in      How bad man (you)
was the verdict they gave      If only right now
you’d roll up to my door      Our big soft talk 
would shoot arrows out the window      pull 
the stones right out of my chest      
The deliberation of your paws

I try to conjure when I wake 
startled by my body      that I haven’t also
disappeared      The stranger by the fish case 
says people like me      need     
to be careful      I forget I have a face 
they describe like a carpet      I’m still waiting

to go back to where the trees work right
Xylem phloem      the patient up and down
We rolled around the loam      
on generations of dead leaves       Love 
didn’t pool in the bathwater      No      Love
you didn’t bleed right down the drain 

 
 

Dead Lexicon


Dead Lexicon


 

Dead Lexicon


You deep snow I miss       You 
knee-high slosh       You 
shuddered down with the silence 
of a subtitle the mesmerism 

of moon       A little blood in the powder       
You quick-spilling stain       You 
lacquered my neighborhood made
all words white       Showed me why 

we diagram angels carve imprints
to hide inside        Take something public
make it private       
again        How dearth showered down

into a child’s cup       I carried it
around full of you turned into water       
Tipped it back to shield
into me the last trace       How grief froze 

you good in your neat white jeans       
as the lights came up in the sawed-down 
trees      How many kinds       
of pine can I name       How many words 

for rime       for wreath

 
 

Biography


Biography


 

Hanae Jonas is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sixth Finch, Powder Keg, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She is from Vermont.

BOAAT VOLUME FOUR