Kathleen Jesme


The house now emptied has drifted

once made of glass

with marbles for eyes now black shutters

nothing governs

nothing tries to draw it

did you go

there and did you see me

pushing the vessel

of my bed against the shoal of doorway?

no more


at that gate

Kathleen Jesme is the author of four collections of poetry: Meridian (Tupelo, 2012); The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta, 2009); Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize (LSU, 2005); and Fire Eater (Tampa, 2003). Jesme holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.