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.