Jeanpaul Ferro, “You Are Only What You Can Carry”

She jumped from the great heights of Alumni Stadium,

all her shirts in her closet tied together by the arms,

her last words to me so beautifully wrought like springtime

sparrows flying upside down together in trapeze,

forming the shape of a woman until her mind scattered,

all these black and wrecked pieces falling to the ground.

Jéanpaul Ferro is a novelist, short fiction author, and poet from Providence, Rhode Island.  A 9-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared on National Public Radio, Contemporary American Voices, Columbia Review, Emerson Review, Connecticut Review, Cleveland Review, Cortland Review, and others. He is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.  Website: * E-mail:


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