Girl with Death Mask

Jen­nifer Givhan, In­di­ana Univer­sity Press (MARCH) Soft­cover $10 (92pp), 978-0-253-03279-9

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When cor­nered, we’ll ad­mit to pre­fer­ring po­etry with rhythm—mu­si­cal­ity in the ear surely deep­ens a poem’s ef­fect. Yes, Jen­nifer Givhan, we’re awed by your use of pause and pac­ing, as you lead us to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing a woman’s land­mine-filled jour­ney out of child­hood. Much awarded and pub­lished in top po­etry jour­nals, she is the au­thor of two other col­lec­tions and lives in New Mex­ico.

Shame

No it’s true I put on makeup for my rapist

I loved him I know I shouldn’t ad­mit it the way the wick melts into wax & needs

to be dug out I loved him so hard He still calls me some­times I didn’t even re­al­ize what that night

should be called how nam­ing things calls them into be­ing I bought a new skirt & I don’t mean be­fore I mean af­ter I even curled my hair

& maybe I’d curl it again I don’t know how long does it take to be cured They sell

new wicks in packs & you can stick one in deep with a nee­dle It’ll burn the same You can burn your skin if you’re not care­ful I’ve done it I’ve dreamt I’m not still dead I wake on fire

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