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Jean Kane


Click on the title DECIDUOUS  to explore more of Jean Kane’s work by downloading her new PDF pamphlet, available now from O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press.


My friend broke her quite high heel
clean off her sandal.

Not to be late again, I left. Clocks
now mattered.

(I had to go. Young, broke,
I couldn’t lose the job.)

She must have thought my back
betrayed her.

and the shape of a scar.

All summer I worked in gloves with incunabula, old pages
of manuscripts, spade tail

of a saw-tooth griffin wrapped
around the border of a prayer. Mistakes

stayed there. The chemic
bath worked out the worms and mites and dirt.

Last night, mice chewed the edge of a pink eraser—
Eberhardt Faber—with precision.

Rubber in pink stomachs, dark commas
scattered on my desk:

I know they sleep
behind wall cracks no one else can see.


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: Sortileges (Spells) by Unknown Artist from Gazette du Bon Ton (Journal of Good Taste), Vol. 1, No. 9, Plate 66, September 1922. Print. No size specified. 1913. Public domain.

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