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Jenna Cardinale



The treatment tends

to be visual.


The intentional abstracts

are meaningful as planets



from far away.


                  Lips blotted out

                  of habit.


A bat becomes

a mask. A pelvis.

Can you see

a way in.

When Off Online Dating


A single hair split

into pincers.


           Disregard for standard

           upkeep becomes a weapon.


           A defense that allows for drinking



Even in a dress that braces

against this body.


Even jelly-lipped!


A pout. Another set

of pincers.



Points of Stimulation


The thin shine

of needles. Heavy

oils on. Herbs ground

to dirt. Drunk.


This is a return.

Let your eyes close.


Gather up an ocean

of air on the shore

of your island.


Whoosh the wave back

to the mainland. Drag

back to you slowly.


There is a lighthouse

of black and white.

A sunset.  A water-

color bruise.

Jenna Cardinale is the author of a chapbook, A California (DGP, 2017). Some of her poems appear in these rad publications: Reality Beach, Pith, Verse Daily, and Cosmonauts Avenue. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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