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October 10, 2018 / barton smock

person Jessie Lynn McMains, two poems


Jessie Lynn McMains is a poet, writer, zine-maker, and small press owner. Her words have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Awkward Mermaid, Wyrd & Wyse, Juke Joint, Occulum, Memoir Mixtapes, and others; she’s also a contributing writer for Pussy Magic. You can find her website at, or find her on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram @rustbeltjessie


forget the fuck away from me (origin stories of a safety pin girl)

coil magnetic reels back into cassettes
collect scraps flaked from yellowed glue bind
sheafs once held by rubber bands now
snapped & staples all a-rusted

static- magnetic between voices graves ghosts
so loud & sorrow-slick my blood smeared
with all that dark lilac remember

string me a necklace sing me a song decipher
me these stories how I was born to hate
pink dresses’ itched rustle & cobweb silence
by four I was lost to the basement carved

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