tech support wires light to soot / slippery steel breaks necks / but basil sprouts like alien ears / green is life / ignore a white noise dream / bicycle chains the new Instagram / an orange rope is a sturdy dance partner / tied around wrists / pain is life / danced through 3pm to revive that new coffee taste / metal is jealous / pine scent sheets stain socks / view of cemetery / always perfect in winter / anticipating ultraviolet deaths / tombstone robot heads emerge from dirt / disc drives hum atop hair and nails / the hoard of tiny houses creep closer / silver fence – a black light horizon / two crows / attracted to wire / create thievery small / me undressing in the alcove / the silence / an open window / the heads watch / shadow cat / times two / the sun / waiting for the signal / streams in from the East the hard drives silent / torsos smash / where to turn on / when to press off
Jennifer MacBain-Stephens is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), The Messenger is Already Dead (Stalking Horse Press, March 2017) and We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence, tied for first place in the 2017 Lit Fest Book Competition. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of nine chapbooks. Her chapbook She Came Out From Under the Bed (Poems Inspired by the Films of Guillermo del Toro) recently came out from Dancing Girl Press. Recent work can be seen in or is forthcoming from Prelude, Kestrel, Yalobusha Review, decomp, and Inter|rupture. Visit: https://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com.