The National Poetry Review

Gentris L. Jointe


Shall I write a history
Of the caricatures of the sculptures of you in my heart?
— Delmore Schwartz
“This time I’ll say no. I’ll say I
built my life around sacrifices—my sons . . .
I’ll still have my daughter, & other
consolations: the Kingdom Hall,

the majestic stand of horses in the sun,
Silver Springs . . . Ocala itself,
the city I promise everyone
will be something—in 10, 15 years.

I’m lying to myself; this glass table-
top provides the best view
in maybe a hundred miles: a tiled floor
with diamonds that look like faces

under a thin layer of grease
(this morning’s little catastrophe).
In a moment, I’ll get up and clean.
Or I won’t. I’ll be going on 70

when life here begins. The faucet leaks
incessantly, always the same
arrangement: three drops, the same blue
notes—an ugly sound: precise, recurrent.

Something’s still stuck in the toaster,
stuck in my voice—tomorrow, God
help me, I’ll burn the place down
or rearrange the furniture.”

GENTRIS L. JOINTE is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently an MFA – Poetry candidate at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Blackbird, Fourteen Hills, and Green Briar Review.