Pick-a-Poem: Sandra Lim


Hello, blog readers! Another week has gone by and another Wednesday has come, so it’s time to feature a new poem here on our blog. As always, this week’s featured poem comes from Poetry Daily, which is great site to check out if you’re looking for new and interesting poetry. This week we feature Small Container, Fury by Sandra Lim.

According to Poetry Daily and Kore Press, Sandra Lim’s most recent collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque, won the Kore Press First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Small Container, Fury by Sandra Lim

Rembrandt paints his carcass of beef.

You see a little blood near the poppies
and don’t think of detachment.

Humbert and his girl are driving across America.

One has a thirst so unslakeable, one walks
right into the river.

How exciting spring is! and how errant,

holding out love and death
like a platter of the daintiest cakes.

As I do my work, I think, let me topple,
wear thin. Let the world eat me, but

then, let the world sob, not me.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s featured poem from Sandra Lim. For more featured poems, click here.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


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