Weekly Feature: Poetry at The Arts Fuse

Welcome to “Poetry at The Arts Fuse.” A new poem, every Thursday.



Who am I

folding up what


to impress?

Simultaneous but


unrelated folds

that multiple hands


accomplish while falling

in a pile from


an opened, upturned

description of a book


yielding from carnival

barnacle (good








Is it chinchilla



or is it owl





“Thou makest darkness,”

I guess.


I made eyes

at a pop-up book


before I knew

what was what






I got to where

I could fold hands.


Following the instructions

messed me up



I should’ve started out

as an entomologist



Jon Woodward‘s previous books of poetry include Rain and Uncanny Valley, as well as two recent chapbooks from The Economy Press. His newest book, The Amber in Ambrose and other poems, is forthcoming from Trnsfr Books in summer, 2023. He lives in the Boston area and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Note: Hey poets! We seek submissions of excellent poetry from across the length and breadth of contemporary poetics. See submission guidelines here. The arbiter of the feature is the magazine’s poetry editor, John Mulrooney.

Arts Fuse editor Bill Marx

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