On knowing

What I didn’t know grew over what I knew. Like sober news
from home, it sobered me. It touched down like a flea of doubt touched
down on me. And bit. So suddenly, like tardy students
at the door, a little sadness on their faces as they make their plea.
My grace, a sham, a fraying pillowcase.

Helicopter seeds. / Annunciation amid / Iowa weather

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Jane Huffman is a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Denver. Her work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, the Best New Poets Anthology, and elsewhere, and she received a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, an online literary journal, and she reviews poetry for Publishers Weekly. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.