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From the Desk of … Jessica Smith

This week I asked poet Jessica Smith to share a picture of her desk and answer the question: Messy or clean?

A photograph of the desk of Jessica Smith

My desk isn’t messy, it’s an archive. I work at multiple desks, but mostly I work at my desk at work, which is a kind of archeological site of student work, artwork inherited from various former employees, piles of work I need to do or papers to grade or books to catalog or weed, little gifts, and talismans. I think of it like the garbage woman’s house in Labyrinth. Appropriately, most of my poetry has to do with memory and mnemonics. – Jessica Smith

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Erin Dorney is the poetry editor for Third Point Press and lives in Minnesota. Follow her on Twitter at @edorney or learn more at

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