Pick-a-Poem: “Child is Father”


Good morning, blog readers! If you’re looking for a bit of poetry in your day, then you’ve come to the right place. This week’s poem comes, once again, from Poetry Daily, which is a very helpful site if you’re looking for some daily verse. The poem today is entitled Child is Father and it’s written by Colleen O’Brien.

According to her page on the Poetry Daily website, Colleen O’Brien‘s work has appeared in “West Branch, CutBank, The Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, and DIAGRAM. She has also published short stories in The Antioch Review, North American Review, Sou’wester, Confrontation, and elsewhere. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is working toward a PhD in creative writing at Western Michigan University.”

Child is Father, by Colleen O’Brien

We are farther post-Christian and richer entropic,
make more of our movements and less of our masses.

We matter as physics. Our matter’s less ethics.
Without them we’re moral as moons and we orbit

no center. We make a mathematics
that roots in a stillness less stable than zero.

We matter as ether, no-telos our telos,
and stake your ascendance with flags of our absence.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s featured poem. For more of these, check out the archives.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


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