Jacob Minasian

(After Giorgio de Chirico’s “The Mathematicians”)


The land is wrapped in absence,

and I remember the artichokes,

before the man-made amalgams. 

The institution washes

the hills free of their

color.  Cantaloupes, oh how I

regret the words

missing from the

past.   And avocados, I

apologize.  We know not

the relationships.  The

clocks are over.  The

eclipses are everywhere.

Maybe the sun will

never fully know the earth again.




Jacob Minasian received his MFA in poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was the 2016 Academy of American Poets University and College Poetry Prize winner. His work has appeared in publications including, Museum of Americana, RipRap Literary Journal, and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California by Scarlett Tanager Books, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from California, he currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he teaches at Cincinnati State.