Blue in All Things & The Mermaid Singing (Double Set)/ Jessica Rae Bergamino

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dancing girl press, 2015



Jessica Rae Bergamino lives in Seattle, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Calyx, Fourteen Hills, Adrienne, and The Berkeley Poetry Review, among others.




from BLUE IN ALL THINGS  |  a ghost story :




Pay a man to carry your teeth to Canada,

to slaughter a cow and boil its tongue


until it falls apart on a china plate

Tins of cloves line the kitchen wall,

little numbing buds the color of rust.

The cows were ferried from a mainland


on wooden boats, fenced in pastures

counted off with wooden fences.


You poured yourself so far

into a boat you called it a girl.