Friday, August 16, 2019

new from above/ground press: FAKE FLOATING, by Jane Virginia Rohrer

Jane Virginia Rohrer

new city dark & I am slamming
those busses that bend
in the middle freak me out   the assault
of squeezing between headphone bodies
the streets I etch   hours into, a new city,
and then another one, another    each one
saying prove it

key knuckles   headlamp    man arms
I want to pretend to be home every new time
every carpet-walled liquor store   every
skinned knee running to the car
every cute boy in the coffee line every
hard stare in red lights   every
place begging transparent   but

I don’t care to usher in the poem’s access
sellable poem
brittle & boring    something
someone might pay for

and therefore know how to love
new city of immutable shapes
we are not idiots to time
I couldn’t quit looking at the meat of it
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Cover design: Joseph Schmidt

Jane Virginia Rohrer is a writer and teacher from Southeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies sound, radio, and contemporary poetry and poetics. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Peach Mag, Metatron, Bone Bouquet, and others.

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