Nothing of now has a future except

By Kathleen Jesme

Nothing of now has a future except in memory where it is washed, pressed,

hung and stored, first in the front closet and then, when that show

has closed, further and further back, so that over time

it yellows, wrinkles, takes on the smell of old

cloth, and is eventually taken out by the

wardrobe mistress and piled with a

lot of other old props for



Kathleen Jesme’s latest collection of poems is Albedo, from Ahsahta Press. She is the author of four other collections of poems, including Meridian (Tupelo Press, winner of the Snowbound Prize) and The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta Press). She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.