The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: We Know Each Other By Our Wounds by Jude Marr

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from We Know Each Other By Our Wounds by June Marr, released by Animal Heart Press in 2020.

Cognitive Dissonance

when human creatures hug a bottom line so hard the whole
page breaks: when paper immolates

when skylines unravel: when fine ash scatters, boneladen
across neighborhoods (rock paper skin)

when ocean boils in city streets, and gray whales rot on Venice
Beach, where Jonah skates: when Noah’s docked in bluegrass state

when wine burns: when fried chicken still has feathers, and smoke’s
egg-yellow, and red engulfs—

when coral dies while fire ants colonize drowned
avenues: when trees sing blues, mistaking hurricane for sugar

when fish ingest our plastic trash that smells like food as women
in uncultured pearls eat vacuum-sealed salmon

when smoke plumes haze until the feathered evidence of (golden)
states is seen from space: when orbit is the safest place

when lemon groves grow sinkholes: when roses blast holes
in heaving chests and silence pulsates

when, peace by shattered peace, an oiled and oven-ready
dove plucks bullets from their bloodied breast—

when day is drowned: when night’s ablaze: when Gaia too writhes
naked, staked, and wishbone split

that’s all there is: we broke the planet: there’s no warranty: that’s it.

Jude Marr (they, them) is a Pushcart-nominated nonbinary poet. Jude’s first full-length collection, We Know Each Other By Our Wounds, came out from Animal Heart Press in 2020. Recent work appears in Leavings, Icefloe Press’s Work and the AnthropoceneBoats Against the Current, and Moria. Jude is currently on the masthead at SWWIM Miami and Poetry is Currency, and works as an editor with freelance clients in both the US and the UK.

Kirsten Kowalewski is the editor for online horror fiction review resource Monster Librarian. She has an MLS and a specialist certificate in school library media from Indiana University, has worked as a children’s librarian and elementary school media specialist, and is a lifelong reader.


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