Jesse Minkert… Neapolitan Major


Neapolitan Major

Muscles pull into lumps hard as burls.
When knots release, when fingers
remember their positions,
the frets won’t let me rest.
Emery shuffle on callouses erodes
what once was hard and numb
and turns it pink and easy again.


Jesse Minkert lives in Seattle. Wood Works Press published a letterpress collection of his microstories, Shortness of Breath & Other Symptoms, in 2008. His work has appeared in Randomly Accessed Poetics, Confrontation, Paper Nautilus, Floating Bridge Review, and Harpur Palate.

Copyright © 2014 by Jesse Minkert









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