Jacob Griffin Hall

Selected Poems

Jacob Griffin Hall

Selected Poems

The Most Critical Component is Movement Itself

after George Rickey’s sculpture “Column of Four Squares”

With the wind at my back, I can’t imagine
that anything lacks
               the capacity for patience. Yesterday for example
                            in the afternoon smear

the boiler coil set a drop of water to steam—
                       my body aligned
with every other orbit in the room. It was the movement
we’d all been waiting for. Light dripped through

the blinds, a matter of raw kinetics. The coil
                                                           grew deadly red.
For a moment I forgot my posture altogether
             and set my fingers drumming

over the washcloth’s threads. Within each tension
an artifact.        I listened to the planet’s slow grind,
the sun widening, the blacks of my eyes
            in pivot.

My Primary Failure is a Failure of Will

I don’t believe
the things I know.
In this, I’ve found
my seams.

In my mouth
a taste of hickory.
In my blood
my doubt. The ritual

billowed smoke
for the sake
of longleaf pine

or the insatiable
of the Earth, of
the hands

that take land
for their progeny.
All the ground I
walk these Georgia

summers is
fertile. All the ground
takes shape in
that shade of pink

that marks a wound.

In Order to Establish Perspective

In the old paradigm
I flung my body
like a skipping stone
against each ridge
in the Chattahoochee’s
wide mouth.
I worshipped insects
and held landscape
accountable for the grief.
As if in a trance
I ate boiled peanuts
and watched flocks
brush against treetops
as the dam released
to high sirens.
I came across a friend
sitting on the bank,
wet sand caked
to his ankles, a needle
in his arm.
The river fowl craned
their wiry necks
then shoved off
in one coordinated gasp
towards a pyre
burning over the pinewood.

Jacob Griffin Hall

Jacob Griffin Hall was raised outside of Atlanta, Ga. Jacob is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri, where he works as poetry editor of The Missouri Review. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, New South, The Carolina Quarterly, New Ohio Review Online, New Orleans Review, and other journals.

Julian Leshay

Julian Leshay is a New Jersey based photographer filled with passion for visual storytelling through a creative eye. Documenting social issues, capturing raw emotion, and telling a previously untold story are what drives Julian to pick up a camera and lens.



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Aliki Barnstone & Corina Dross

Selected poems

Jacob Griffin Hall


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Laura Parker Roerden
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Yasmeen Mir
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Sara Luster
My Pandemic Reality
Reyna Amaya
Barren or Fruitless
Zoë Barnstone-Clark
This is What Democracy Looks Like:
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Contributing Artists
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Lynn Mitchell
R.B. Kitaj
Alan Loehle
Education in the Age of COVID
Bonnie Culver
Theater of Cruelty
Cody Marsh
Selected Talisman Poems
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Selected Poems
Jacob Griffin Hall
Julia Fleming-Dresser
Adam Sobsey
Anthropocine Series
Alan Loehle
Ernest Burden
Trans World Airlines
Human Decency: A Priority
Michael Matos
Phoenician Morphosis & Selected Works
Knocking for the Future
Pauline Allen
Meet Them Where They Live (Part 1)
Paxton Farrar
Deb Luster
Consider This
Akiya Henry
Selected Works
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A View of Black Lives Matter
Contributing Artists
True Form Films
Yeniffer Behrens-Mendoza & Mauricio Mendoza
PFAs Contamination
Tonya Chandler
The Dirt on Clean Wine
Tom Mills & Adrienne Voboril
Reinvent & Reconsider
Holly Arbuckle
One Health by Design
Jessi Flynn
Kweza Craft Brewery
Jessi Flynn
A New Resistance
Ed Brown
Beyond Rorschach
John Fleming
Journey to Her Roots
Kat Donnelly
Drink Different
Jason Dibble
The Frontier in my Fridge
Chien-Kang Chen
Kyung Me
When BeDeviled
Sara Jolena Wolcott
10 Years in the U.S.
Yee Eun Nam
Diatribe Diaries
D.S. Legters
The Bucky Ball
Contributing Writers & Artists
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Infinity + 1
David Zung
The Jingle Dress Project
Eugene Tapahe
Flowers Everywhere
Deependra Bajracharya
Desire Lines
Gui Marcondes
Planetary Health and the Great Transition
Marie Studer

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