Janann Dawkins‘ work has appeared in publications such as decomP, Existere, Mezzo Cammin, Phoebe & Two Review, among others. Leadfoot Press published her chapbook Micropleasure in 2008. A graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in American Studies & twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she resides in Ann Arbor, MI.
Wire mesh of chair the lattice
of my back, I rest half-akimbo, whisking
fluid through quadruple chambers, water
a tip’s percentage of the liquid’s weight. No
thought required: intention, the mother
of coal-unburnt soles, might meddle
& cause the foundry to founder. Thank
the autonomic, the parasympathetic.
Iron, converter catalytic, impels the system
to stomp, to stir the paralytic.
Transactions are sometimes promises
pressed palm to palm, secrets
sussed from time: ancient pacts
until entropy intervenes. The finish,
ineluctable, will curl the cells, divert
the honorable air. A tip
of the temporal, awaiting blush
and flow, will shrink the grid
to copper cords, then drink itself.