Do the Gerrymander
By: Mimi Jennings
paper dwelling places, facial recognition
Include elderberries & their contemporaries across doorways, folded
libraries, naked fantasies, parade floats.
Refold map, double back by the rail track &
through the swimming pool.
Show some love here for whatever
shows up, whoever marries in (brash in-laws lengthways on
draw a shortcut & backslash past police firing ranges, freeway exchanges
you'll run rings around the middle
switchgrass & break
Plant in rows:
& simple memes:
run lotto schemes
from empty laundromats & absent bagelbakers.
Redline out possible videotakers
sharpsighted muckrakers, coolheaded newshakers.
Take notes, call in “favors,” in quotes.
Cap knees, slit throats
total vacant shacks
now count votes.
Mimi Jennings favors rap, sonnets, enigma; believes we are all kin. She taught French in Detroit, Saint Paul; English in France; dharma in prisons. Grants: Fulbright (1), NEH (2). Firsts: Park Bugle, Banfill-Locke, Saint Catherine University Creative Work. Published: Common Chord, Kosmos, Persimmon Tree, Negative Capability, Red Bird, Sleet, Silkworm11, others; hosts readings, circulates two poetry collections.