The University of Akron Press | Poem for December 2017

“Instructions for Going Unnoticed” by Jennifer Moore



The poem “Instructions for Going Unnoticed” appears in the poetry collection The Veronica Maneuver by Jennifer Moore, pub­lished by The Uni­ver­sity of Akron Press. Visit​ua­press to or­der a copy of Moore’s book and browse other Akron Se­ries in Po­etry books.






Instructions for Going Unnoticed

To disappear, become water. From the faucet
spill out to the sea, then ride in the wake of the whale

’til the ocean is your body and you are the ocean’s.
But if evaporation is what you want, pour yourself

from kettle to cup; be sugar and dissolve. Make
saccharine your song and sing it softly. To flee

the observing ear, slip through a needle
and fold quietly into the cabbage rose, unseen

and unsung in a green bed. Be sure to call
yourself infant, meaning unable to speak,

and as a way of becoming wallflower, paper
your body in paisley and love the corner

that loves you back. Go un-photographed
into the night. Muzzle anything that glows.


Jennifer Moore is the author of the chapbook What the Spigot Said (High5 Press). Poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets, B O D Y, Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere. A native of the Seattle area, Jennifer is an assistant professor of poetry at Ohio Northern University, where she teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and composition. Currently, she lives in Bowling Green, Ohio.


(Cover im­age of The Veronica Maneuver courtesy of The Uni­ver­sity of Akron Press and Amy Freels. Fea­tured photo cour­tesy of The Uni­ver­sity of Akron Press)