July 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
Congratulations again to Jessica Poli, winner of our 2013 poetry contest. If you enjoy her work make sure to check out her startling and heart-bending new book, The Egg Mistress. . . .
The pressing of things
Your mother sings
as winter sours the sills.
Moss green carpet
seeps into your feet.
Inside the little house,
someone screaming at the door;
the furnace in the cellar
covered in mountains,
And boats, out of nowhere,
rocking—And O, how they sing.
July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Here’s another poem from Jessica Poli, winner of our 2013 poetry contest. Enjoy!
For Rubies To Erupt From Soil
I won’t be scared
of my teeth. Of those horses
shifting through the corn rows.
Of the world, old and full
of snow. Going slowly,
I feel for rubies in the pasture
but only find bits of glass which
I never know how to handle.
And there is clay, too, forming half-
letters that once made a sign
advertising fresh milk at varying prices.
The ground smells like crying.
I come across a neighborhood boy
lighting matches to throw at my skin
as he screams to no one: nothing.
He screams and screams as I sit and sift.
Jessica Poli’s heart belongs to Pittsburgh. She is currently an MFA student at Syracuse University, Editor of Birdfeast Magazine, and Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. Her first chapbook, The Egg Mistress, was published by Gold Line Press in 2013.
July 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
“I like poems that zone me out. Poems that bring me into their time stream and hold me in the light of their weirdness and the purity of their singularity. Jessica Poli’s poems do this to me. They allow me to inhabit a world that is more real than the one in which I live. . . .”
The Future Will Be As Lonely As the Present
The labyrinth’s electricity
See the crow
tangled in the wire?
Open up the sky
See where lightning
connects to the machine