You say you haven’t eaten a cloud,
but don’t tell me you’ve never opened
your mouth in morning fog—let it yawn
down the back of your throat, it’s frothy
particles filling you with an unrecognizable
gulp of glee, leaving you, like a birthday
balloon: high on thick, wet air.
Jess L Parker [she/her/hers] is a poet and strategist originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Jess lives in Fitchburg, WI with her husband, 18-month-old son, and Pitbull, “Poe”. Her debut poetry collection, Star Things, is winner of the 2020 Dynamo Verlag Book Prize. Jess’ poems have appeared in Bramble, Kosmos Quarterly, Blue Heron Review, and elsewhere. Jess holds a B.A. of English and Spanish from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison, and an MBA from Concordia University.