Adam Clay

Advice for Living

A digital pinecone
falls into the snow

only there’s little snow
or actually now

it isn’t snow at all—
it’s more like a sound

undefined, turned
into a hand sculpted

only to hold itself.
One morning less

of your life and what
to shift into

memory with ease?
Imagine what doesn’t

exist to light up
with wonder what does.

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Adam Clay's most recent collection is Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016). Recent poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Tin House, and jubilat. He teaches in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and edits Mississippi Review.