The Catenary Press is pleased to announce the release of Margaret Ross's Decay Constant.

Decay Constant
Margaret Ross


from Decay Constant
                            Did you know

what piece to save? I couldn’t see to. Did you
see anything light up that wasn’t sunlit? You weren’t
supposed to watch the choreography for pleasure, it was
developed as ‘a science of behavior towards

others,’ strict exemplary manners
that the audience might live as if they lived
in Italy or France. En pointe, the girls were
tangent to the ground by one toe only, even

that one plinthed on wood and numb
to ever sharper stages of a pain interpreted
as stairs you used to elevate yourself. She carried
vials of it in her pocket home and kept

it in her desk because she thought it
beautiful, the mild blue specimen resembling
a flame’s pale eye gemmed cool and steeping the dark
air of her room in washes that betrayed

no injury or effort save for skill
describing grace so that we knew
from the way the dancer raised her arm
how far her country was.

Margaret Ross received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Claudius App, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere.