“The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish…” —Virginia Woolf
A solo cabal posed in cloud towers, I spin slick stabilimenta into a strict no-fly zone,
nuclear advertisement for hummingbirds and finches. I’m a billboard, my hunger a hedge investment.
Try and shred this bright courtesy with tweets of hot, dead air. I’ll vanish these protections, roast you in cocoons.
-- Jen Karetnick is the author of seven collections of poetry, including TheTreasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab OrchardReview, The Missouri Review, One, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Verse Daily and Waxwing. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School; a dining critic and lifestyle journalist; and a trade book author. Her most recent publication is The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami (Luster, September 2017).