How did the author die?
Jeanann Verlee

After Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan and Ross Gay


Over the George Washington Bridge.

Budweiser.

Momma’s hands.

Jameson. Cuervo. Rot-mouth.

Palm-print. Men. Fuck. Slap. Welt.
Budweiser.

On the river. On the streets. Alone.

My hands.

In the kitchen, at the stove.
In the alley. The shed.
Under the blanket. In the bath.
Behind the tracks. On the bar.
The stage. The river.

By stone. By thorn. By childbirth.

Slow. Like fog.

 

Volume Three, Winter Tangerine Review


Jeanann Verlee is author of Racing Hummingbirds, recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in poetry, and the forthcoming collection, Said the Manic to the Muse. She has been awarded the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Rattle, and failbetter, among others. Verlee wears polka dots and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you. Learn more at jeanannverlee.com.