“Genesis” by Jennifer Barber

the contour map
to the thumb

the river map
to the palm

the string of pebbles
to the spine

the cheeks of angels
to the knees

the pupil
to the eye

the iris
to the eye

the eye the eye
full of remorse

“Genesis” was originally published in Given Away (Kore Press, 2012).

Jennifer BarberJennifer Barber is the author of Given Away (Kore Press, 2012) and Rigging the Wind (2003), which received the Kore Press First Book Award. Recent poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Jewish Forward, Upstreet, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Gettysburg Review, and The New Yorker, among other magazines. She is the past recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Suffolk University. She is founding and current editor of Salamander.