Are the Children Make Believe? | Elizabeth Jacobson

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 Elizabeth Jacobson’s second book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, winner of the 2017 New Measures Poetry Prize, selected by Marianne Boruch, is forthcoming from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, fall, 2018. She has two chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, Are the Children Make Believe? and A Brown Stone, and a full-length collection, Her Knees Pulled In, from Tres Chicas Books. Elizabeth is the founding director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, a not-for-profit which conducts poetry classes in community shelters in New Mexico. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Poet Lore, The American Journal of Poetry, The Laurel Review, The Miami Rail, Women's Studies, Zocalo and others.



Maybe it’s too much information
for a mother to know her 20-year-old son is banging Emilyjean 4 times a week,
and when he asks his sister to go get something from his room
she reports that there are used condoms all over the floor
mixed in with his books and energy bar wrappers.
Maybe it is TMI to know he really wants to be banging Sarah Greene,
but she is Emilyjean’s best friend, and so
after he breaks up with Emilyjean,
Sarah Greene tells him she does not have sexual feelings for him,
and that she can never date him because of Emilyjean,
but then she says, let’s see
what happens in a week,
but right now can we go back to your house,
get into your bed
and watch Blue Is The Warmest Color on Netflix?