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JoAnna Novak


Au Pif 


She wonders what he is doing

timezones foolish as pie on a rack


timer yelling like a parrot

oven hung with vanilla please


have no oven no order

to feed fashion to wait like


no clock that can tell

like a scream in the night


she can tell the dog the kids

the door as it opens and the cactus


hard-trunked alone perfect natural

change of state she is a right angle


patiently blinking triplicate

blink the apples rumming


blink butter under the baseboards

blinking someone hums in his night


she believes this

she will get red and messy


stomach scummed on

mattress eggy and pooled


the leather jacket like an apron

useless but on


shoes under the window

and he comes swinging


tools for contentment

a drama longer than a weekend


she said so they shared a sauce

she clomped up the stairs


they asked a thousand paintings

to tell the story of the ugly same shade


a window overlooking an orange

vendor who also sold rice cookers and posies

JoAnna Novak

JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You (Skyhorse Publishing 2017) and the book-length poem Noirmania (Inside the Castle 2018). Her work has appeared in publications including The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Guernica and BOMB. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy.

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