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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carnivores… by Jesse Minkert

 

Carnivores

Our microscope shows us
the faces of those

who will devour us.

How many living beings
do we swallow
in each mouthful

of our vegan soup?

But what’s that lacy filament
growing on the mustard greens?
Let them cook in the compost heap
nor eat a hole in our gut.

 

Jesse Minkert lives in Seattle. He has written plays for theater and radio, short stories, novels, and poems. Wood Works Press published a letterpress collection of his microstories, Shortness of Breath & Other Symptoms, in 2008. His poetry appears in Paper Nautilus, Naugatuck River Review, Floating Bridge Review, and Harpur Palate.

Copyright © 2013 by Jesse Minkert