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Governors Island

In New York, I’m off

narrative. What is the history

of this island. All

right, Ocean. You’ve brought

me here. There’s room.


                  Who fires

                  the cannon.

                  Who demonstrates.


                  Who makes the hills. Who

                  climbs high.


We’re learning the way

sky works. The names and colors

of birds. Can clouds do anything

but billow.


                  Part. Depart.

Jenna Cardinale writes poems. Some of them appear in Reality Beach, Pith, The Fem, and H_NGM_N. Her latest chapbook, A California, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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