N i g h t d r e a m s

Running     heat trapped underneath     and so     implosive.

Hot balloon assigned to sky.

Birds bisected a path.


Disdain for what is closest     bite the hand that feeds.

A hissing winding through the woods always     through mechanisms

of her mind always.


Disdain for what is closest     what inchworm inches to her ears.

What wet thing carpets its body     the trees become another’s shell.

Jennifer Firestone is the author of Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books). Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books), a year-long experiment documenting letter exchanges between fourteen poet-pairs. Firestone's poems has been published in the following journals: Drunken Boat, How2, Dusie, 580 Split, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Poetry Salzburg Review, among others. She has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College (The New School).