"Trumpeters' Song," "For Immediate Release," and "Poem In Which I Call Out Fellow Poets for Painting Abuse As Sexy"
iii. silhouetted against the marbled horizon America your politics unmoor me
a golden eagle or juvenile bald your democratic mirage
hunts atop a wintry thermal your tweets and caws
blackened shape carving itself when the clouds blitz
along the tyranny of sky heat hemorrhages
sidesweep of wind and morning brings its cloak
now hunter now blade of false and fleeting diamonds
For Immediate Release
The glaciers are going on tour.
NASA announced it today:
a littoral circuit, coastal and global.
We’ll flood your cities
with surges of music to last the ages.
Coming soon to a shoreline near you.
The tour lifts weight off the plates,
who are soon expected to announce
their own hard rock tour. Promoters predict
worldwide response will be tectonic,
shifting the poles of music trends everywhere.
From Norteño to Southern Rock,
Delta Blues to New Wave:
foundational changes launching
a tsunami of sound.
Get ready for the storm!
And save your seats now.
Poem In Which I Call Out Fellow Poets for Painting Abuse As Sexy
I was almost seduced by wet metaphors
with thick drops of thumb-smudged honey
across a poetic line
of swollen, half-parted lips
and how every woman who ever tripped down
your stairstep of stanzas had a voice
dry as a martini
sipped by firelight, but
now spilled across her hunger torn open
and those sultry lids, that gaze plunged deep
in the flesh of rough-
cut, over-ripe melon.
Yes. Almost. Though excuse me while I clear
my throat, while I push aside the ever-present
imprint & sting,
the stain of the blow you bear
from her kiss, her glance, her unrelenting
depiction by you as still marred, tender and sexy
as the slick of ink
pouring from your pen
after her lover’s last thrashing
while you—our somehow bruised poet—
in echo and ache.
Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of the poetry books Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of the Nautilus Book Award in Poetry, and Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown, plus the nonfiction chapbook, Borderlines. Honors include a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, an Artist Trust Grant, and an Academy of American Poets Award, plus the Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship from the Rainier Writing Workshop where she earned her MFA in Poetry and the Louise Van Sickle Fellowship from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, where she earned her Ph.D. in English.