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Jesse Nissim


[from All Entrances]


I used to husband
the moon’s pallid objects
these were shapes of inarticulate gray-blue
aloof and fading in steel furniture.

Self-expression, the pleasures
of making a home transcend
a hetero bar’s aggressive residents
so I’ve tried to express myself
clearly for a new audience.

I built for her the whirlpool
sieving morality from myth
in filmy layers.


Jesse Nissim first collection of poetry, Day cracks between the bones of the foot (a finalist for the National Poetry Series), is forthcoming from Furniture Press Books in 2015. Her second collection, Where they would never be invited, will be published by Black Radish Books in 2016. Also the author of four chapbooks, her poems and reviews have recently appeared in Barrow Street, H-NGM-N, HTML Giant, New American Writing, La Petite Zine, Women's Studies Quarterly, Shampoo Poetry and Spoon River Poetry Review. A recipient of grants from the Ragdale Foundation and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, she currently teaches at Syracuse University.