met Manya on spring break in ’86.
In studying more advanced arithmetics,
“Maria” was her birth name; “Manya” stuck
the most important law is one that took
because it had a gentler sound. She was
millennia to put in words because
my baby brother’s nanny: blonde, smoke-eyed.
it seems so obvious, one wonders why
it need be said at all. It states that if
Two teens in love, we itched to wed for life,
you have some pickle jars, you can select
but Dad forbade it, saying, “I expect
one pickle from each jar. The Axiom
that no-name slut will end up in a slum.”
of Choice, it’s called: the basis of set theory.
She’s married now; her married name is Curie.
Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), which was a Small Press Poetry Bestseller. Her poetry, fiction, book criticism, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, Massachusetts Review, Measure, Pleiades, The Southampton Review, and elsewhere.