We’re Going Back to the Woodline
haint blue w/ haunt teat.
We lean in to limbo
running broody w/ tincture
your Oil of Olay crystal ball mugshot
your big dog intuition.
Our nerves are frayed at seven commandments
we relapse, tarnish bells.
We meditate hate a rotten girls’ night or a turkey farm.
What roller rink crown
what faith masturbation?
We dangle a cross from our white web
our straw hats our bone crowns.
Our fire trail is smashed fat yet sexy.
Light helps us recover
but you say our pleasure
will never grow long
Jessie Janeshek’s second full-length book of poems, The Shaky Phase, is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia, (dancing girl press, 2016), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming, 2017), and her first full-length collection is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, 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). Read more of her poetry at jessiejaneshek.net.