Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor

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Poetry Archive



January 2015

Snake Day

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A checkered baby copperhead halts two feet from me in the ochre and sanguine frail leaves – it is worse to be bitten by a baby because they cannot control their aqueducts of venom – and stands static as a tree as I watch the interlocked tiles of her skin, dry and rough in the dehydrated air. Her triangle head concentrates on the stillness of my leather boots, and I know there will be no holding her at arms length, a limp devastated cord, as I have dangled the flaccid scooting garters who terrorize my tomato patch, or the meter long scratched silver mill snakes who stalk my father’s fish ponds. This snake, this fire brown baby, is a cylinder of warrior snake spirit, a potent packet of power pressed into an amber tube. Her pink antennae tongue splits at […]



December 2014

We Gotta Get Out of this Place

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  Winner of the 2000 Pennsylvania State University Katey Lehman Award for Poetry   When my father was skinny and nineteen he sat in open-air bars west of Saigon and rolled long bones that went everywhere with him and hi boys. The tripped on psychedelic sacks of cobra venom drifting like jellyfish through cheap brandy.



December 2014

Red Ribbon, Blue String

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At the end of spring, I am pulled like a long pink, resistant worm
from a cool, dark tunnel. Transplanted from gun-shy, tree-lined California
into the humid desert of Texas, I feel like a red headed turkey vulture
clumsily lumbering in a crowd of ornery, sugar mad grackles.