Jacob Hammer: Why Hold the Night
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente



Why hold the night

like a trinket


You cannot


You cannot press so much


into a palm


Oh but to try


I’ll be trying

every night


Something to hold through

these slipping hours of



I want a silence

to place on my tongue


Tuck in my cheek

all day long


My night-silence



Warmed by starlight

my hot spit

the promise underneath it all


I inhabit the well of this want

Jacob Hammer has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His work can be found in See Spot Run Literary Journal, Fourth & Sycamore, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Zvona i Nari, The Collapsar, The Tishman Review, and has been featured in the Pine River Anthology.