For best results, choose a prediction
damaging fungus existing in plain sun
hair tangled no cosmic layer of irony.
For best results, close off or else walk through the pain
walk there in a day your blue skirt, hips busting
your awkwardness not enough to keep you away.
Why did you say to exist to make money
and drink champagne was ugly?
Why didn’t you say Harlow’s hair falling out
when living past her seemed impossible?
For best results, the iconic white dress and the virus
a dual suicide me & Harlean
in an in-between decade
a walk across Venice Beach intravenous barbiturates.
Why did you say a skull and two fingers
to get off, clear crystals and blondeness all over
to lie in a stone circle outside of Bakersfield
a martyr for Palm Springs both lip-sets shot wet?
For best results, what are we doing this for?
Moving forward through a false childhood through a decade of me is a tease
blood-matted bad dye jobs blonde doppelgangers
like deer, the long-legged divorcees
overwhelmed by the drugs and the gloves and the clothes.
For best results, close off. They say if you see
your twin lose her head then you die
and the caps on the Venice Beach waves
sparkle like toothpaste
essential tremors giggly with bubbles
a large church paper lovers
cheaters and cameras making me cheep
pillowslip satin serving all masters
better than nothing and abducted X-rays
for more than just bones.
Jessie Janeshek‘s second full-length book of poems is The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017). Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia, (dancing girl press, 2016), Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming), Supernoir (Grey Book Press, forthcoming), and Auto-Harlow (Shirt Pocket Press, forthcoming). Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010) is her first full-length collection. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. You can read more of her poetry at jessiejaneshek.net.