dancing girl press

dancing girl press & studio


Slap Leather
Jessica Jewell
dancing girl press, 2011

JESSICA JEWELL is a freelance writer and communications consultant currently living in Budapest, Hungary. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod, Harpur Palate, Copper Nickel, Rhino, wicked alice, Poetry Midwest, Barn Owl Review, Poems & Plays, Angle Magazine, among others.


If you haven’t heard
of the grass widow,
hang around. She’s fond
of fires, is half seas over
for flumes. Doesn’t draw
the blinds at night—

prefers the moon
and her convolutions.

They say she stitched
closed the beak
of a meadowlark.

Sing-songed, the grassland
ocean in her throat.

Full as a tick and twitching.