Girl by Jenn Givhan

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Scissor slips girl oh sailor slick girl drunk with moon
for lips oh sluicy girl oh money trouble dirty shower
girl pickpocket firecracker no such thing girl

laundry pile honey girl stuffing yucca in the mouth
girl for cutting flowerheads for sewing candy skulls for
memory’s sugar girl tequila sick & toilet bowl hungry girl

such a hungry girl unstitching girl with razor
blade girl grubby handed girl spitting or
swallowing girl headdown girl stomach pit

fine girl gumming to sidewalk catcalled girl escape girl
oh plucking bones from graves girl rising girl rising & rising
girl teach me again how to live that free & tumble girl

sing me something to hassle me out of my old
compliance—remind me girl defiance.

Photo of Jenn Givhan

Photo of Jenn Givhan

Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series, University of Arkansas Press), and Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize, Indiana Review / Indiana University Press). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, The Pinch Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, AGNI, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and The Kenyon Review. She is Editor-in-Chief at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and she lives with her family in New Mexico.