Jessie Janeshek – 2 poems



Be careful on the stairs

                odd-eyed cats haunt this house                                        one’s papa a tiger

Marlene’s platypussing                                      her saw on the landing

legs spread                            hot crotched she need not                  slice you in half  

Couldn’t hide in the city
The woods or the ivy
Nosedive in the river
Nor suicide                                            to the gypsy beat drum

Stained glass flames designate                                         the nursery windows

                Be careful in here                                  Carry your flashlight

                Slip off this backless gold dress

                Before you bump into yourself



Version with the Men Out

Jezebel descends to subliterate myth
put lids on revenge

ancillary rooms bare
airport grey 

drains the white
from her fabergé pregnancies 

commodes overflowing
hooks and eyes wrapped
in butcher paper



Jessie Janeshek‘s first book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College and the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008).




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