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Jennifer Hayashida

Jennifer Hayashida is the author of A Machine Wrote This Song (Gramma Poetry, 2018). Her translations from the Swedish include work by Ida Börjel, Athena Farrokhzad, and Fredrik Nyberg. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jennifer Hayashida
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By This Poet


Virginia Street

February on another coast is April
here. Astrology is months: 
you are February, or are you 
June, and who is 
December? Who is books 
read in spring, wingspan 
between midnight 
and mourning
Another starry tree, coastal 
counterpoint where magnolia is 
a brighter season
peach and pear
are grafted onto the same tree
fear and fat stick
to the same sprained bone
For this adolescent reprise
recycle everything trivial
but this time bring
the eye into sight:
make sight superior
to what is seen
A decade is to look at June 
and see April
to look at April 
and see February
Relief of repetition
seasons mean again,
one flowering branch suspended
in the half-light of spring
We sat on steps 
beneath a tree
No: I walked by
The tree bloomed
and I looked up