Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, December 2012. —upon hearing of a bill to ban books with gay characters in Alabama libraries
"You think of Mr. Rochester, mad wives
in attics, Jane herself, as plain as flan.
You don’t remember Helen Burns, Jane’s friend
from school. Reader, I married her. I pressed
my eighth-grade self between those pages like
a flower, left for later hands. Helen."