Rah-Rah Nostalgia | Jessie Janeshek

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 Jessie Janeshek's chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016) and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming, 2017). Her full-length collection of poems 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). You can read more of her poetry at jessiejaneshek.net



 We Stare at Your Propped-up Corpse and Not the Camera

We’re a broadish yellow cult
handcrafted in bikinis

red Eva Joia sweatshirts.
We clean carry in foul weather

get our fevers on the lightbulb
lose all tit sensation

from imaginative sadness
and half-eaten Dairy Queen.

We sleep at the bear’s den
to gain proof of your haunting

out of whack and watching
Peter Pan revenge porn

obsessed with Jean Naté.
We have too much Florida blood

to warm to lunar landscapes
suck pink glitter from your syringes

cream our panties crying fat.
Long sleeves are regression

on examination tables
as you link us to your ringtone

with skeleton damask
and we will or will not save

your shaggy head, our dying day.