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Pound, Drunk on A Forty, Goes Off

This mid-summer day we bring you back to Winter Issue 30, where Jillian Weise’s potent and imploring words make our spine tingle in the cool of our air conditioner. 


Pound, Drunk on A Forty, Goes Off

by Jillian Weise


See here, what are all these birds doing

in your verse, am I to think flight or fear?

Hell I can’t make heads or tails.


Sure I spent time in lockdown,

and when they let me breeze the lawn

a bunch of soap dodgers hit me up

asking what did I say on the radio

and why such nonsense in my line.

I’ll show you a wad of nonsense.


Let’s begin with HD—a word if I may

about that slippery one, I left her.

Not the other way around, I don’t care


how many books she writes. And if a man

thinks he wants a poet of the female

variety, let him think twice.


Don’t go thinking I couldn’t row

the stick. O, I could row.


Jillian Weise publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes, winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Tin House. Weise has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Fulbright Program, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University.


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