MAPS OF NATIONAL ABSENCE
Jasmine Dreame Wagner
know the laity
of wasps; you know the penguin credo: the elite
feet, I’m telling you, ((like Shakespeare,))
kept the baby.
borrowed her momma’s jacket for art.
wearing the shirt with the alligator logo
#1 is leading
to the edge
massive cantilevered roof
bongo typefaces scream
boundaries and 3-dimensional pinning
get dizzy—after her
a man stumbling
the butterfly ceiling
the 1/72 scale vacuform model—
the screech, into the sodium—
the air where it is thin & waif-like.
area aligns with column 61.
up the spinal ridge of the continent
in the casement
of a high-school gymnasium
the propellers, propane leaks & bank vault seams
walls of the First Class pressurized cabin, where
he, you, I are no bigger
Dreame Wagner’s poems
have previously appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing,
American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Verse, Blackbird and Colorado
graduate of Columbia University and the University of Montana, she
has received residencies and grants from the Hall Farm Center for
Arts & Education, Kultuuritehas Polymer, and the Foundation for
Contemporary Arts. Jasmine lives in Connecticut where she teaches
creative writing at Western Connecticut State University and performs
folk and experimental music as Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.