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Jessica Jacobs

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Jessica Jacobs received a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Purdue University, where she served as editor-in-chief of Sycamore Review. She is the author of Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press, 2015), winner of the 2015 New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She teaches at Hendrix College, where she is the 2016 Hendrix-Murphy Writer-in-Residence, and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.

 

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Tiger beetles, crickets, velvet ants, all
know the useful friction of part on part,
how rub of wing to leg, plectrum to file,
marks territories, summons mates. How

a lip rasped over finely tined ridges can
play sweet as a needle on vinyl. But
sometimes a lone body is insufficient.