Listen: someone is crying in the other room. Who is it? Why are they crying? Are these tears of joy? Grief? What are tears, anyway? Are they trying not to cry? Is there something that will make them stop crying?
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens (forthcoming, Bordighera Press) and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She is also the author of the chapbooks In the Year of Ferraro and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Tahoma Literary Review, Verse Daily, Thrush, and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.