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PJ Nights 

PJ Nights was born and raised in the wild and ravishing state of Maine. She is the co-editor of two print anthologies, Women of the Web available from Sun Rising Press and from east to west: bicoastal verse (print edition #1) available at Lulu.com. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Ocho 10, Blue Fifth Review, Slow Trains, Panamowa:  A New Lit Order, and the Velvet Avalanche Anthology. Her personal website, which also features other poets updated every season, is from east to west: bicoastal verse at  http://www.geocities.com/pj_nights.

 

three madmen nest between her breasts 

 

 

suddenly all the green in the garden

       is           missing

the waters of far off reservoirs

       march   a-

               way leaving table wine

 

the last royal lily, picked the day before,

 

sits conversely

                              on her table

amidst asparagus with aioli

and other

            fabricated things

that would gladly

                     tell lies

of takahe on the wing        decayed

 

detritus of the back alleyway

dismantles her demeanor

the unexpected,

                           undeparted

          shi-

                    vers are no longer

      connected to her   she is no longer

 

affected by his strike of lethal force

 

exhibit #1:  peyote

           ri-

                  vers

             invading

                         gray

          gardens

 

exhibit #2:  a smoking pistil and stamen

 

exhibit #3:  old-fashioned pink

      wet  words unwithered

strand by strand,

 

            the night undoes her braids

 

 

 

 

cupidity 

 

brews a pot of espresso beyond the grey line

of gravestones      shows the chapfallen city

in its exploration for the fox

 

               cradling her apparition

 

 

    she talks the performance,

( not your good buzz

      – the operator of natural selection –

but your cheek on the cantaloupe at breakfast

       saying       off to the orange bathhouse )

 

 

  you are she

        and the crystal texture will be worshipped

though when you’re poor, not enough         / there are not

 

             enough

                              of us /

 

 

her confirmations arise from eden’s

       girlfriends        on the fuzzy mosses

   with their boudoir sensitivities

 

 

          I am not

 

                            enough people

 

 

 out of context, the tree nymphs

      let slip   (before the cows of casuistry)

the post office box number of log and nursery

 

      oxygen and log  – incendiary –

         she longs for lovely bones

 

 

 

 

falls glorified 

 

if the end is not full

     if

 the

   intention

           springs

      intentions, my other life sees

       you in sails

  a run of perfume

in the book almost are

    are you there

   a summer explanation

full of I know me knot    walls overflowering

   you, not the book of poems

hoisted blue, descending to sad endings

 

if it goes

           to a winter river

   to flowers in moist blue

a brief stop at headquarters of stars      the insane

 dilutes everything good, almost

as we run      see Summer wants love wants

          as if sinking

that always destination     almost to me

 

 Winter

       Is love

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