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Justin Jannise

Justin Jannise is the author of How to Be Better by Being Worse (BOA Editions 2021), which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize and a former Editor of Gulf Coast, Justin studied at Yale, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Houston, and now teaches at Prairie View A&M University.

Poetry

I ask my brother if he can hear cicadas where he is. My brother doesn’t know what cicadas are. He is 40 years old. He asks me to repeat it.

Justin Jannise