JM · J.D. Scrimgeour

Two decades ago she took my class
And wrote about Jane Kenyon being brave.

Even then, male poets annoyed her.
She chewed gum and laughed nervously.

In the years since, she gave up smoking.
Kitty Genovese texted her from the grave.

Lucky Jenn, I thought, as she wrote and wrote.
She has someone who talks to her.


J.D. Scrimgeour is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, Lifting the Turtle (Turning Point). He's also published two books of nonfiction, including the AWP Award winner, Themes for English B. He's Acting Chair of the English Department at Salem State University.