- A full length collection of poems, was published as the winner of the 2004 Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize, judged by Charles Harper Webb.>
- Steel Toe Books
From the back cover:
"In Diary of a Cell, Jennifer Gresham lays a sharply focused lens of language on the surface of experience to learn, as she says in "Anatomy," 'the secrets of the deep.' The depths here are not measured in fathoms or leagues but by the complicated and complex scale of human emotions. Gresham is a clear-headed and clear-eyed poet who understands "why the memory of kindness/ can find us in the dark" and her debut volume radiates with the light of this discovery."
Love in Nerdville
He was as entranced with the perfect helix
of her hair as he was with the tectonics
of her breast. He adored how she flushed
each time he said parasympathetic.
She was the lemon, he the copper wire.
The days he circled in lonely orbits
around girls as beautiful and terrible
as black holes now seemed like a dream,
one he could dissect with pushpin
labels: the heart of ridicule, empty stomach
of Friday nights, the squiggly entrails
of disappointment. Something learned
and now stored away, allowing him to transcend
the normal laws of high school, to distill