New Books in Poetry: IPOKIMEN (Anchor & Plume Press) by Alina Stefanescu

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania, raised in Alabama, and reared by various friendly ghosts. She won the 2015 Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Robert Dana Poetry Award. Her poetry and prose can be found in PoemMemoirStory, Shadowgraph Quarterly, Parcel, Noble Gas Quarterly, Minola Review, and others. Objects In Vases, a poetry chapbook, was published by Anchor & Plume in March 2016. A poem from this chapbook, “Oscar Dees, No Apologetics Please”, has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Alina currently lives in Tuscaloosa with her partner and four friendly mammals.

Ipokimen, published by Anchor & Plume Press





Not Squirrels in the Attic


This morning arrived

pristine and gauzy, its

twilight zone settling

like tulle round robust hips.


Persistent scratches 

behind our bedroom 

walls confirmed your

resident squirrel myths.


An angle of light fell 

like a fist in my

hair, some scrap metal 

misting into mis-en-scene.


My eyes feel dry but 

I spy last night’s 

knife on the dresser

still slobbering butter.


The squirrels keep fracking.

Inside my head is filthy—

but the space behind the

ears, creamy sheet-rock.

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