3 poems by Jude Marr

Your Honeycomb / My Inner Cheek by Savannah Slone
May 9, 2018
DEATH Deserves a Super Like by Yvonne Spring
May 11, 2018

Gutter Dance

after rain sidewalk weeds

weep: downtown

wild(er)ness

(unchained)

slickened mutts pad

tight alleyways: whistles/

finger-clicks un-                    

                                                            leashed/go

                                                            (savage)

woman: skin

tissue-thin: eyes

ragged: eve-

                                                            be-late/wait

(don’t wait)

streets meet: cracked

keystone: keyed car(rion)

limitless

                                                            (un)damage

eyes bite/ignite

enflame: eve (not)snake

particulate—

(not yet)

picked: clean—

eve-howl hard-

underwired: wolves scatter/

 

shatter: eve unmut(t)ed: de-stress:    arabesque.

Ice to Fire

 

being               we destroy

 

one                  another

 

race you to      steam

 

dry                   I am

 

carbon-di        oxide (smother)

 

flame               liquid-ate       

 

water               melts              

 

you dry            burn

 

be: coming      thirst: be

 

coming            flood

 

become           me

 

be                    solid

 

 

save                 me: try.

Scattershot Fundamentals

 

birds                                         of pray                      

 

infight                         tight-feathered

 

tethered by                                 spiral

 

lies                                             while

 

talon-fodder                              turtles                                       

 

(once                                      aspiring)

 

now                                             reign:

 

down(blown)                               tares

                                                                               

deface                                    deserted

 

settlements:                            humans

 

(hard)scrabble                       for truth

 

among                                         ruins:

 

not                                     (faith)fools

 

reborn:                                                       not           

 

sky-babble:                          will save:                                      

 

when                              raptors attack

 

we are                                       carrion                                               

 

not                                             manna.                     

 

 

Jude Marr teaches, and writes poetry, as protest. Jude is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also poetry editor for r.kv.r.y. For links to more work, or to buy her chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds, please go to http://judemarr.com 

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