Northwestern University Press / "Heaven Is No Recompense"

April 19th, 2017

From its inception, Northwestern University Press has been at the forefront in publishing important works of scholarship as well as quality works of fiction, drama, nonfiction, and poetry. Prestigious authors first published by Northwestern University Press have been the recipients of numerous prizes, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the National Book Award. The Press’s award-winning imprint, TriQuarterly Books, is devoted primarily to contemporary American fiction and poetry. 

"Heaven Is No Recompense" from It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time by Angela Jackson (2015)

Who ever you love you will lose
Sooner or later. Even you.
And you will grieve for who 
Ever is lost. Even you. 
How can you lose unless you hold?
And how can you hold without 
Touching, being touched. 
Each stroke a stroke of luck. 
Pity us. And love the luck.