Hair bunned like a schoolmarm wickered, hush monied this legless woman floats out to see her gold vinyl mattress piss-scented. Run
by a joystick. Shift to the T. Hoop-skirted, terminal hanging crepe
from her lashstubs. All two eggs in her basket refuse to sing orange.
(A Pageant Poem) Pouring Green Acid
on three Queen Bee noses poor little lowlight intuiting swimsuits red open-toe shoes come with me heelprintsit’s talent, her flossing callipygian fiddlesbut poor little nomad’s too sick to take offor even ask how she let that priestrip off her autumn he runs like a girlleaves yellow ashes beech catstyping nonce poems all over the orangeskinof each calico whore poor little smokethroatneeding to swallow this bone called sadnessor land hard and crack it
Full-House Chronophobia / Hide-Out Room
You climb exhausted sepia knifehand bile-gleaming the banister Marc Antony gasping
we’ll try all the remedies mascara elixir weaving the backstairs noir web they’ll believe
post-cabaret heel-glue a Chinese air gun Marc Antony gaping. Cops cast their dragnets
bear-trapping Ziegfeld girls costumed as moths. Put on this dovecoat do not interrupt me
recoulementing our alibi lullaby Marc Antony bobbing your blueblack hair dawn.
-- Jessie Janeshek’s first book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). The 2011-2012 Renner Visiting Scholar/Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College in Bethany, WV, she teaches writing and American literature. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. In 2008, she co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press).