Potential Energy

Peter LaBerge


It lies in everything like sons who hide behind porch screens and yell to fathers about dermatology and astrophysics kneading the different attractions they feel deep into silent fibers of bathroom carpets because fathers can feel like this to sons every now and again and it is true that sons can sense attractions receding into tree lines but what is more true is the evening dressed in a simple starry frock rising to greet the son and husband she watches through her cracked bedroom door



Peter LaBerge grew up in Connecticut. He is a senior graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies English and Consumer Psychology as a candidate for Summa Cum Laude. He is the editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal, a global literary publication he founded as a high school sophomore in November 2010. He has been recognized from TED to Teen Vogue to TIME for his work as a writer and publisher. His recent work appears in Beloit Poetry JournalBest New PoetsColorado ReviewCrazyhorseHarvard ReviewIndiana ReviewIowa ReviewPleiadesSixth Finch, and Tin House, among others.