by Jonathan Monroe
Some purpose mounted on the wall. A target date for propositions. Concrete instances in thrall. One magic carpet frazzled, frayed. Sample exhibitions on display. In which direction, nothing moved. The shape of the shadow the shadow made. What size manacles did he wear? The finders free when less is more. Minimum strategies. Maximal selves.
Jonathan Monroe is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is the author or editor of several scholarly books. “Object” is from his 2009 collection of prose poems and short fiction, Demosthenes’ Legacy. The poem is reprinted here by permission of the author.