• February 12, 2018 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Watered Down (Won’t Be)

    I. Current, River, Old Age (Oneness) We find ourselves on the top of the mountain Me and Z and the man who’s so old his teeth are falling out The old man looks at me and Z, and says, like a little kid “Let’s hide a piece of paper in these rocks… then the next […]

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  • December 15, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Froggy Went A-Courtin’

    Dear Greg and Ramphai, In my heart there lives A little frog called Passion Crazy little dude, totally irresponsible Wild with hope and a quicksilver temper He sees you two and does backflips all day Until he can no longer move from exhaustion This crazy little frog Jumps off cliffs for Love Pours his heart […]

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  • December 5, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Living in the Red

    Being in debt used to terrify me. I wanted out. I wanted to settle the debt To pay gifts back with gifts of equal worth To know the unknowable value of kindness And give it back As if I could somehow Exonerate myself from needing. I didn’t know to call it that, but I wanted […]

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  • November 14, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Poems for Women and Men

    I. Making Paper I watch it over and over. I watch another woman fold herself In half Into quarters Into eighths. I watch yet another woman bend over backwards Into all kinds of origami I watch her crease herself meticulously Into paper Birds of Paradise Into city skylines, into geodesic forms, into Perfectly airtight balloons, […]

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  • October 11, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Dishes in the Sink

    I want my days to fall softly on this Earth One by one until My hair grows long with memories that Save me from everything dead That dresses up as Life Take my wealth from me and soften my edges and Give me back all my evenings for reminiscing I want to remember it all… […]

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  • September 8, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Migrating Birds

    I don’t want to be like Migrating birds anymore. Goddamn those birds… The way they cruise above it all Fabulous unfettered feathery freedom and Increasingly hollow bones. Goddamn the way they don’t even pack a suitcase (Goddamn their Irish goodbyes) The way they skim the surface of the Orb Without ever memorizing her scars Without […]

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  • August 11, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Lost Time

    Welcome to summer in smalltown USA. All the suntanned superfluous kids The twentysomething thirtysomething kids Close their laptops and Surge up out of the suburban Earth From natal basements Like earthworms onto the sidewalk To search for meaning in the rain. They wander past the trading post on Golden evenings in tall unassuming farm grass […]

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  • July 17, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Cracked (a poem for Max Trujillo)

    We have on this Earth all that makes life worth living Or I do, anyways. She gave me her tired and her poor and her unwashed masses and I and I and I didn’t know what to do with them and I couldn’t I couldn’t I Couldn’t carry them with me but didn’t know where […]

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  • May 10, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel

    I write this today because I am a woman and I hail from the United States, where new healthcare legislation is threatening to legally equate much of what it means to be female with disability. Say hello to the American Health Care Act, the Republican delivery on the longstanding promise to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” […]

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  • April 19, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Like Nagasaki after the bomb

    This Spring sunset is the most beautiful Work of art I know anything about And tickets cost nothing. Doesn’t it break your heart a little bit To be living life on a day so delicious Without any guarantee of Another day? Isn’t it exquisite to be alive in a world that’s ending? Beautiful, in the […]

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  • March 6, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    You, man.

    Today is raw, unwrapped, uncooked A day that peels away the layers of film Between me and all the things that Terrify me about being human: Pointlessness Death Being alone Missing out And casual dating. (The usual suspects) Today I got naked and joined a Jazz band full of strangers The trumpets knocked down Walls […]

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  • Goodbye, and thank you To the land that never once asked me “What are you doing here?” To the people who never blamed me For a second of my people’s history and Never once told me “Go back to where you came from” To the people who agreed to be my Friends and family Even […]

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  • January 26, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    Your Dining Experience Has Been Interrupted

    The third class passengers have known the Truth, for years. The Truth is, this ship has been sinking for a long time. And now it has a Captain. Let’s wake up and smell that the storm that is brewing is Un-president-ed Hitler’s U-boats and Berlin’s Wall are pale child’s toys Compared to this page of […]

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  • January 12, 2017 - Jenny Kelly Wagner

    We’re Toast. Use Your Butter Wisely.

    Well, this is it. The unconscionable political transition approaches. We have about a week left until a morally reprehensible power-fame-and-money-hungry loose cannon ascends the throne of the most heavily armed crumbling empire in the history of the world. I’ve been dealing with this too-big-to-swallow idea by taking an art class. I’m learning to paint corn. […]

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