That Such an Idea Can Exist

 

 

In school I discovered other people discovered things.

 

It wasn’t clear whether they had childhoods or not.

 

Maybe some people who might have found things

were found out first by poverty or death.

 

I don’t know if such a thing as a pure moment exists,

but if it does, the thought that that such an idea

can exist has to be part of it.  Even so,

 

everywhere I go, I am only adjusting ghost clothes.

 

 

Jeff Hardin is the author of Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize, and Notes for a Praise Book, selected by Toi Derricotte for the Jacar Press Book Award. His third collection, Restoring the Narrative, received the 2015 Donald Justice Prize from West Chester University Poetry Center. His fourth collection, Small Revolution, appeared in early 2016, and his fifth collection, No Other Kind of World, recently received the X. J. Kennedy Prize and will be published in 2017. The New Republic, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, Hotel Amerika, and Southern Poetry Review have published his poems. He teaches at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.

 

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