2022 Issue > Poetry > Your Lips
Jesse Lee Kercheval
again I am thinking of your lips and only your lips
remember the mouth of a girl who drank gasoline from a pure bath
your nectar smelled of home and kept her at peace as it
bubbled inside her before erupting
from the very lips that you worshipped for nights
she chose to believe that the nectar with its toxicity upon
your lips was nothing more than a rarity from
the contaminated buds of your tongue it is not the love
but the venom behind your lips that she remembers
Taylor Arcand is an undergraduate student at UW-Platteville with a major in English - Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
Jesse Lee Kercheval is a writer, translator, and graphic artist. Her recent books include the short story collection Underground Women and La crisis es el cuerpo, a bilingual edition of her poetry, translated by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, published in Argentina by Editorial Bajo la luna. Her recen graphic narratives, comics and art have appeared in Waxwing, The Quarantine Public Library, On the Seawall, Sweet Lit, and New Letters.