"Paul Celan said that the poem was no different from a handshakeâ¦ The handshake is our decided ritual of both asserting (I am here) and handing over (here) a self to another. Hence the poem is that-Here. I am here. This conflation of the solidity of presence with the offering of this same presence perhaps has everything to do with being alive."
â Claudia Rankine
Jessica FranckÂ is an MFA candidate at Indiana University and Poetry Editor of theÂ Indiana Review. She calls Minnesota home. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, inÂ CutBankÂ andÂ Crab Orchard Review.