an unsolved mathematical
land plus people divided by people minus land
times ocean times
forest times river.
escape and the delusion of discovery:
across the mad ocean to the rocky shore
step foot onto land call it yours.
land lemonade stand.
auction block stew pot.
of corn field wheat field tobacco field oil
of iron cage slave trade cotton
of hog farm dairy farm cattle ranch range
of Mississippi Mason-Dixon
of territories salt lake lottery gold
of saw mill steel mill
coal mine diamond.
a box of longing
with fifty drawers.
© Jen Benka
complete poems (www.emilyreading.com)
and is the managing director of Poets
& Writers. Her collection
of one poem for each word in the Preamble to the
U.S. Constitution was published
earlier this year by BOOKLYN as an artist book.
co-organizes NYC's annual marathon reading of Emily Dickinson's
lives in New York City.