The Blame and Shame of It – Jessie Janeshek

I tourniquet his bicep
in the claustrophobic attic
shoot him up and loop
his trackmarks in bandanas
plop him in the icebath
slice, slide out one kidney
lucidly, his astrolabe
masturbating east.

I cage his pilfered hound
on stilts above the river
tick lost days off her haunches
until his floorboards shimmy
and the manger’s fiberglassed.

He saw me through the window
foxtrotting in serapes
until—I’m sorry to admit this—
I lit his Dodge on fire.


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Jessie Janeshek’s first book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an MFA from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). You can read more of her work at

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