Jessica D. Thompson

Jessica D. Thompson’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is forthcoming in The Southern Review.  Her poems appear in small press journals across the country, including Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, in Circe’s Lament:  Anthology of Wild Women Poetry (Accents Publishing), Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers (an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project), and New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press).  She is the grateful recipient of the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry (New Southerner, 2013) and the Kudzu Poetry Prize (Kudzu, 2014).  In 2013, Liquid Paper Press published her poetry chapbook, Bullets and Blank Bibles.

 

Adrift

 

In dreams,

I reach for you.

 

The bed a still lake

where a blue

 

heron wades.

Emptiness

 

floods the hollow

room and I drown,

 

again and again,

in the swimming

 

dark.

 

 

The Blue Light of May

 

It’s not for me to say where hours

bleed.  Anemic days

 

filled with one hand-washed cup,

one plate.  Friends have stopped

 

dropping off made-from-scratch

chocolate cakes but our bedroom

 

still holds the hint of us

between the folds of satin

 

drapes.  No one told me

how long this sharp-edged road.

 

I know only one day I woke

and found a faint footpath.

 

I marvel at the slightest change.

At dawn, it was a host of robins

 

rejoicing

in the blue light of May.

 

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