Degrees

Lo’ the virtues of boredom!
Another mourning of reflection.
General provision for negation.

Ha finds Pipi Longstockings
In a black and white pothole. She runs.
Gets a tin can, then scoops herself out.

La folle poursuit la ligne de fuite.
Bang! Bang! Be. Traitor.
Bang! Bang! Be. Unknowable.

The Dancer

my neighbor is no mule
he gyrates like an ant

marching to the stench of his map
like color in insolent winds

someone has to remind life of purple skunk
and death of its future

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Stephanie Jean is the winner of the BOMB Poetry Contest 2020 Judged by Simone White. Her poems have appeared in the Journal of Poetics Research, [PANK] and The Southampton Review.