Ann Rae Jonas

A doctor makes a small
incision—a mere hyphen—in the crease of an upper lid
pinned open by paralysisand inserts, like a tiny
letter in a tiny mail slot,a narrow bar of gold,allowing the lid
to close with gravity.A faint shape visible
on the eyelidbetrays the precious metal
embedded below.Blocked from light,
it has no luster—like a wedding band
stowed in a drawer.

Feature Date


Selected By

Share This Poem

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

Print This Poem

Share on print

Ann Rae Jonas is a poet and science writer. Her book of poems A Diamond Is Hard But Not Tough won Word Works’ 1997 Washington Prize.

The Threepenny Review

Summer 2018

Berkeley, California

Editor and Publisher
Wendy Lesser

“Everyone should rush right out and subscribe to The Threepenny Review.”
—Tony Kushner

“There are vanishingly few magazines left in this country which seem pitched at the general literary reader and which consistently publish such interesting, high-quality criticism, reflection, argument, fiction, and poetry…Threepenny is thankfully still out there.”
—Jonathan Franzen

The Threepenny Review is one of the most original literary magazines not only in the U.S. but also on the entire planet (as far as my experience allows me such a judgment). Why? Because it stands outside the fads of the day; it’s not driven by any intellectual group or fashion. What it does is give the readers the taste of many individual writers’ voices.”
—Adam Zagajewski

Poetry Daily Depends on You

With your support, we make reading the best contemporary poetry a treasured daily experience. Consider a contribution today.