Kathleen Jesme


from “The Mythology We Have Now”



16



The house now emptied has drifted
once made of glass
with marbles for eyes                 now black shutters
nothing governs                      nothing tries to draw it

did you go
there                    and did you see me
pushing the vessel
of my bed            against the shoal of doorway?

no more
pinned
at that gate





Kathleen Jesme is the author of four collections of poetry: Meridian (Tupelo, 2012); The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta, 2009); Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize (LSU, 2005); and Fire Eater (Tampa, 2003). Jesme holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.

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