Rocket Man

By Jeanine Stevens


Sitting by the window, I fluff the tapestry pillow,

yellow with red chickens on gold muslin.


Outside, the variegated ivy in shade,

hardy in green rain, ground spongy.


CNN, one more politician recused, resigned,

fired? Still draining the hoary swamp

that extended from northern Indiana to D.C.


A line of poetry:

“For a long time my brother wore Rocket Man

pajamas & Nothing:: The body

never lies.”


An ordinary barnyard: clucking, pecking,

weary craws, rough digestion.




Jeanine Stevens is the author of Inheritor (Future Cycle Press), and Sailing on Milkweed (Cherry Grove Collections). Winner of the MacGuffin Poet Hunt (selected by Phil Levine), The Stockton Arts Commission Award, The Ekphrasis Prize and WOMR Cape Cod Community Radio National Poetry Award. Brief Immensity, recently won the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Award. Poems have appeared in The Curator, Evansville Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Chiron Review, Forge, Pearl, Stoneboat, Connecticut River Review, Provincetown Magazine and Rosebud. Jeanine recently received her sixth Pushcart Nomination. She studied poetry at U.C. Davis and California State University, Sacramento.

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