person Jessica Dawson, three poems

Jessica Dawson is a modern-day Wendy, currently struggling to remain sane in America with her Peter Pan. She abhors self-promotion but requires an audience at all times. She is a poet on pause, an editor, and the author of Fossil Fuels (verve bath press, 2008), from which the below poems, with permission, are taken.

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BY SOME CHANCE I DIED THREE TIMES LAST FALL

He was
twice the mirage-

a plainclothes
circus clown,

a blank bird
scrawled on the face
of a balloon.

He was
a tale within a tale
erupting
end-over-end
from a foil-covered book.

I dissected him
like an elephant painting
posing as a masterpiece.

His words
began to warp
under antediluvian vows.

Beneath the heft
of tangibility
(oh those fingers!)

he crumbled like
sugar cubes.

(())

A RESPONSE TO RUMI’S The Seed Market

My markets have been corrupted
by hands
so easily tempted,
by heads so easily turned.

You’ll find naught more than
empty stalls,
bits of rubble,
husks of eaten things.

This is the death of dying.

Hold your breath
against the face of these gales-
they are neither gentle nor sweet.
They won’t fall
softly at your back…

Yes go back!
Go back to the place
from which you came.
Cleave to your mother,
her skin not so repugnant
at your homecoming.

I am not an ocean
I am only the illusion of ocean,
a ripple on the face of a lake
an underwater current in a dirty river

more vulture than falcon, really.

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THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

He blew the bombing of vacant buildings-
from the square shatter
of broken bricks
to the tinkling of the smallest glass slivers
crusting the concrete.

His notes were bunches of lilacs,
were handfuls of river stones.

He pressed the metal gently
as a big-palmed doctor
lightly counting the toes
of a newborn child;

like if hummingbirds
were the size of dogs,
or if dogs discovered lightning.

(())

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