This poem is reprinted with permission from Matter.
Christopher Kempf is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at the University of Chicago. A former Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, his poetry and essays have appeared most recently in Gulf Coast, Jacobin, Kenyon Review, The New Inquiry, and The New Republic, among other places. He received his MFA from Cornell University. Read more of his work at christopherkempf.tumblr.com.