[I travelled to expectancy]

from Public Abstract

I travelled to expectancy
Through expectancy

Feared my way through
Fear my scholarship

Criterion among criterions
I loitered at the wooden

Doors I had a touch
Of something like a flu

A forfeiture of something
In my gut but like a charm

A gendered thing I guess
I wasn’t swayed to bring it up

Jane Huffman’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and she was a 2019 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Jane is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is Editor-in-Chief of Guesthouse, an online literary journal. Twitter @janechuffman