Missing You, Expensively
Too much has been made of the market for keepsakes,
urns, watches, tchotchkes, memento mori,
and too little, I think, of the market for forgetting.
May I be brief? Just today: a latte, a bottle, a gram
of weed, a carton of eggs that I dropped and left
in the parking lot. Operation Omelet, aborted.
Oh, and the small fortune I paid for a sleeper-sofa
because the one I have now just won’t shut up.
Justin Jannise reads “Missing You, Expensively”
Justin Jannise is the author of How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Copper Nickel, Yale Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Recently a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize in Poetry and a former Editor-in-Chief of Gulf Coast, Justin is pursuing his Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Houston.