like the milk teeth of a mammal, deciduous,
what is cut off, insofar as a thing can be cut off
decisions, as in the feeling of this being severed
had not a common vertex and a common side,
coniferous and deciduous . . .
[read more of “Insofar” in NER 38.3]
Sarah Gridley is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of three books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (University of California Press, 2005), Green Is the Orator (University of California Press, 2010), and Loom (Omnidawn Publishing, 2013).