From the collection Autumn Opens a Door, published in 2015.
that actually seems to be studying
holds my attention because so many study groups
don’t. Flipping pages in the textbook
one student points with her pencil
at some important information
and I am suddenly
to know what it is
that has held their attention
for the two hours that I’ve been in the library
and longer, because they
were already hard at work
when I sat down.