The National Poetry Review

Sarah Wolfson

MY FAVORITE HUMAN SMILE

(for the wolf also pulls back lips
against the flesh and the partridge

in her ruffled dotage sits content)
but my favorite human smile hoists

the mouth of one who has just
run for and caught the bus. Specimen:

private glee bent publically,
trumpeting minute derring-do

that in so doing casts bright
relief for the body unmangled

by a moment’s folly. A glow
most notable for how fast it fades:

how solemn now the face
as the gray plastic sac settles

in the feet’s not-good-enough,
never-good-enough nest.


SARAH WOLFSON’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Canadian and American journals including PRISM international, AGNI, CV2, Gulf Coast, and West Branch. Her work has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally from Vermont, she now lives in Montreal.

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