Nancy Jentsch

I Long to Read a Poem

that raises me above a chaos of ruts
sharpens the worn point of my mind
reminds me of beauty I think I have no time to admire
drowns out my mourning that calls
like geese who have strayed from the V

but even Pulitzer poetry
with torque and horsepower
lifts me in its palms
then sets me down
a mere stanza or two further
like a breeze at my back
as I plod a jagged path
through a puzzle where nothing fits.



Nancy Jentsch has taught German and Spanish at Northern Kentucky University for over 30 years. She has published numerous scholarly articles and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Journal of Kentucky Studies, the Aurorean, Postcard Poems and Prose, *82 Review and The Whistling Fire. She can be reached at