On Rand McNally's World | Rachel J. Bennett

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Rachel J. Bennett grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. She received a BA in English from Grinnell College and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, as part of the University of Iowa’s Irish Writing Program. She pursues poetry without an MFA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Big Lucks, BOAAT, Bodega, Five Quarterly, Pith, Really System, Salt Hill Journal, Similar:Peaks::, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Rattle, Sixth Finch, Spittoon, and Vinyl Poetry. She has won awards through Bayou Magazine and Smartish Pace and been a Poet of the Week through Brooklyn Poets. Her grandparents brought her to New York City when she was 10, and she knew she would find a way back.



Farewell, Antarctica


Floating is both

less and more than

our hopes for it.


Here is the foregone death

that sees our own, fortunes

read in milk crates,

teeth and wedding bands.


Seas rising to cover

the things we couldn’t take.


Familiar, lost

shapes: a man,

a woman recumbent

beneath a white sheet.


He turning back to see

her organs laid bare.


Like and unlike all the rest.


One scientist points

to an unmoored iceberg

that could fill the Nile

for seventy-five years.


The universe dreams

to our dreams, says another.