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Jean Kane

DECIDUOUS

Explore more of Jean Kane’s work by downloading her new PDF pamphlet
DECIDUOUS available now from O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press.

In the Garden of the Hesperides by Unknown Artist from Gazette du Bon Ton (Journal of Good Taste)

The trees come back as if they’d never left.
Their arms spring out, their fingers clasp a wrist
or sit akimbo on another one’s trunk. Elbow
a curious rib. They don’t wail or keen.

In one swoop, they took me
onto their laps. Still drop
immature apples already pocked.
A double axle wing, horns that end in beans,
spindle grasses that fill proud flesh
coarse stuffed

with any old particulars. They shed
crepe skin to the mud. Clap brown schmattes
on top until they can come back clipping on
silver-green round earrings.

About the writer:
Jean Kane’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Prairie SchoonerThe Georgia ReviewAmerican Short Fiction onlineSouth Dakota ReviewCimarron ReviewIndiana Review3:AMHotel AmerikaEuphony JournalFogged Clarity, The MacGuffinNonconformist MagazinePosit JournalRue ScribeSlabVoices de la LunaWord For/WordDoubly MadCourtship of Winds, and Ignatian Literary Review. Her book of poems, Make Me, was published by Otis Nebula in 2014. She is a recipient of the Otis Nebula First Book Award, and she was nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize by Hole in the Head Review.

Image: In the Garden of the Hesperides by Unknown Artist from Gazette du Bon Ton (Journal of Good Taste), Vol. 1, No. 11, Plate 4, September 1913. Print. No size specified. 1913. Public domain.

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