So much richness in this poem, you’ll need some water to wash it down. Not to mention the sounds that bounce to your ears when the poem is read aloud. Lines like:
Must be what faith feels like, to drive believing
in the persistence of highway lines
whose white paint’s whitened to a wide white field
Kudos to curator and poet Meg Day for selecting this piece. Make sure to read Day’s comments below the poem, which begin “Reading ‘Blanks’ is, for me, like finding my new favorite food: at once celebratory in the mouth & also maddening that it did not arrive there sooner.”
“Blanks” by Kimberly Johnson is a selection by Kore Press for their Poem of the Week (POW) series. You can read past POWs from their Home page in the right hand column, where you will find links for several previously posted poems by Natalie Diaz, Ruth Forman, Shauna Osborn, and Adria Bernardi.
Kimberly Johnson is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Uncommon Prayer (Persea Books, 2014), and of a translation, Virgil’s Georgics: A Poem of the Land (Penguin Classics, 2009). Recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Arts Council, and the Mellon Foundation, she has recent work in The New Yorker and Slate. www.kimberly-johnson.com
Kore Press is currently not accepting submissions, but expects to be re-opening at the end of this year.