Today's poem is "Afterburn"
from Body Thesaurus

Tupelo Press

Jennifer Militello is the author of Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and Body Thesaurus, named a finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award by Marilyn Hacker. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The North American Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best New Poets 2008. She is also the author of the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail.

Other poems by Jennifer Militello in Verse Daily:
November 5, 2008:   "World Hypothesis" "The geese again...."
April 19, 2005:  "Answering Fear as if It Were a Question" ""In a unit of time, in a violence of sleep..."
March 14, 2005:  "The Museum of Being Born" ""I remember now. Something was chasing..."

Books by Jennifer Militello:

Other poems on the web by Jennifer Militello:
"Interview under Hypnosis"
"A Summary of Roots"

Jennifer Militello's Website.

Jennifer Militello According to Wikipedia.

About Body Thesaurus:

"Militello is one of our richest younger poets, and the poems of Body Thesaurus are opulent in their ‘goldrush want.’ ‘Dear body I do not resent, / experiment with me,’ she implores. Body Thesaurus is a haunted and haunting voyage through the body’s analogies, which expand to embrace whole worlds: the sensual, the material, and the spiritual."
—G. C. Waldrep

"In the face of supreme, and therefore extreme, quietude (‘The mouth of me is bitten off’), Jennifer Militello’s poems hand us over to that other life we nightly receive in dream, a dimension at once seamless and yet so strange. Body Thesaurus proves the self in despair is a self in a state of repair. As such, these poems prove the wrongs, wrong the rights, and disarm. Wronged enough by the world (which is god) to be compelled to conduct the many instruments of the body to sing their senses disharmonious, these poems don’t merely delve the psyche’s depths, they harrow, and they harrow fantastic."
—Cate Marvin

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