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Pillow

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How solitary
and resolute you look in the morning.
A stoic in your cotton sleeve.
Do you dream of walking out

rain or shine
a truffle balanced on your sternum
and passing me on the sidewalk?
Or is that a smile

because you interpret nothing
and statelessness is where you live?
How calmly you indulge my moods.

See you tonight, by the sovereign chartreuse
ceramics at the Met.
Let's hear what you'd do differently.

Jana Prikryl, "Pillow" from The After Party.  Copyright © 2016 by Jana Prikryl.  Used by permission of Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The After Party (Tim Duggan Books, 2016)
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  • Poet and editor Jana Prikryl was born in the Czech Republic. At age six, she immigrated to Canada with her family. Prikryl earned a BA from the University of Toronto and lived in Dublin before moving to New York, where she earned an MA in cultural criticism from New York University. She is the author of the poetry collection The After Party (2016). Her poetry and criticism appear widely, in magazines and journals such as the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the London Review of Books, the Nation, the Baffler, and the New York Review of Books. Her essays on photography and film appear regularly in the New York Review and the Nation.

    Prikryl has received a fellowship from Yaddo and is the recipient of a Creative Writing Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a senior editor at the New York Review of Books.

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