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Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Daddy’s Pet
fucking chrissakes

Slewfoot conglomerates
banging eachother

Brock Road
puddle son of a bitch

Mongrel Palmer
light the east

Kings’ Ransom Diamonds
little chum to pull

Weasel Craig

dragged like pink wires

the fires, the rats

shut up shut up shut up

gimpy leg

Briggs and Stanton
Oh god

your shoulder

Win Purington

Parkins Gillespie
sluggish heartbroken

Jointner Avenue
before their very eyes

Eva Miller

Ruthie Crocket
a good kill

Mark Petrie
agile brawl

Richie Boddin
sweat out of grip

George Middler
chicken liver

Dud Rogers

Text from King, Stephen. Salem’s Lot. New York: Random House, 1975. Print. pages: 65-91

Headshot of Jennifer MacBain-StephensJennifer MacBain-Stephens lives in the Midwest and is the author of three full length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), The Messenger is Already Dead  (Stalking Horse Press, March 2017), and We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence, tied for first place in the 2017 Lit Fest Book Competition. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook She Came Out From Under the Bed (Poems Inspired by the Films of Guillermo del Toro) was published Dancing Girl Press. Recent work can be seen at Prelude, Kestrel, Yalobusha Review, decomp, and Inter/rupture. More at her website.

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