I can’t say I love this country, but where would I go? Me, without another language or a compass. I don’t even own an illuminated faux leather red Bible! This far down lower Manhattan, I can feel the Brooklyn Bridge loom. To say I don’t love this country means very little, is neither noble nor brave. There is very little I do love. I once owned a fine pen named for a snowy Alp, traded it for something I thought I needed more. Now, my handwriting morphs into glyphs: birds—or really, just the shape of what I think some birds look like flying away over the beach— If I were to leave, I would have to text so you would know it was from me, that I hadn’t forgotten you, that perhaps I wasn’t built big enough to love your expanse.
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens and My Tarantella, named a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her work has appeared in Poetry and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.
The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative’s Editor, Laura Lee Washburn, has selected July’s poems around the site’s current theme “We’re Speaking” to capture voices pushing back against the current attacks in the U.S. on human rights and on democracy. Citizens of Kansas have an attack on their state constitution on the ballot August 2nd on which we hope they will vote no in order to preserve the Kansas legacy of being a free state in which all citizens have bodily autonomy. We stand in solidarity with all people affected by current rulings from the radicalized Supreme Court.
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[…] Jennifer Martelli (she, her, hers) is the author of The Queen of Queens (Bordighera Press) and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks In the Year of Ferraro from Nixes Mate Press and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Poetry, The Tahoma Literary Review, The Sycamore Review, Cream City Review, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner of the Photo Finish contest), and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review. See some of her other amazing work right here: https://150kansaspoems.wordpress.com/2022/06/27/hot-things-to-me-are-not-dark-by-jennifer-martelli/ and here: https://150kansaspoems.wordpress.com/2022/07/04/dear-_____-n/ […]