Coming and Going
Jason Barry

We double back after an evening
in the park, the traffic light dissolves
beyond the trees. Your husband’s
gone on business once again.
We walk from 59th to 92nd Street,

across a narrow footbridge in the dark––
the sycamores, the frozen lake,
the sleet. Your phone rings when I’m lying
next to you. Underneath the blankets.
Lexington Avenue.

Jason Barry holds an MFA from Boston University and is pursuing further studies at St Anne's College, University of Oxford. His poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, 32 Poems, Barrow Street, Poetry Ireland Review, Bad Lilies, Crab Creek Review, Poet Lore, Thrush Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. His forthcoming chapbook, Fossil & Wing, won the 2023 Wil Mills Award at the West Chester University Poetry Center and his poem, “Metro-North,” was selected by Ada Limón to feature on The Slowdown, a podcast supported by the Poetry Foundation. He has been offered artist scholarships and grants from Poetry by the Sea, Boston University, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


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