J.P. Grasser

A 2017–2019 Stegner Fellow, J.P. Grasser is a PhD candidate at the University of Utah. He lives in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and serves as an assistant editor for 32 Poems.


My therapist said Control what you can / so I began to speak with denser words. // With the slow determination of worms, / I digested morphemes. . . .


You took spent shotgun shells down / from the shelf, filled them to the lip / with blent black powder, hot-glued / fuses into their mouths to shut them up.