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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).

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Vodka Song/Volga Boatgirl

Jessie Janeshek

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And don’t you know yourself best
   when you’re this close to death

all day lost in the loft smelling purple as sex.
   Japheth, vulpine, rad red Tantalus

offers you chocolate nails       horseshoes and cards
   a castle of claws                   antlers that crackle

and nothing to drink                  on the foam mattress
   but Pine Sol.                                 You knock it aside

call it a wash                         sob for an hourglass.

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