Jenna Le

Jenna Le is a physician and educator in New York and the author of Six Rivers, from NYQ Books, and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora, from Indolent Books, second place winner in the Elgin Awards. She was selected by Marilyn Nelson as winner of Poetry By The Sea’s 2019 sonnet competition. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Poet Lore, and West Branch.

Writing Away from Closure

Chad Abushanab’s poem “Here on Earth” smoothly combines the overarching shape of a Shakespearean sonnet with the ABCB rhymes and tetrameter rhythms more common to ballads and hymns to create a tender, limpid hymn of loss. This gentle blending of…

Byerly’s — Fine Foods — 24 Hours

The aisles were carpeted in oyster-gray, with deep
blue edging, and they sold a damn good wild-rice soup.
One service that they offered free of charge: they’d snap
your headshot, print it on a card for you to keep

An Unsent Letter

Dear ——,
         Last night, my mother asked me if
I’ll miss it: this New Hampshire town, its few
unhip, unfamous restaurants peripheral
to a town green unmown, untended to