Vase Poppies

By Jennifer Scappettone Jennifer Scappettone
Lavenderish dusk
strapped for stays,
pomegranates under the rubberband
chucked for a glass Oz,
splayed by the pillar-shelves
to page upon the Ottoman:
his talk has wrought suit
amid citrus gapes
and pall dunked in the bowl
and grated sage
or cleaved clear paleo-pines.
Postgeist, upcast
California upon weed,
what banker yields
so fragrant a cant
as this vagrant cant?

Jennifer Scappettone, “Vase Poppies” from an unpublished manuscript. Copyright © 2010 by Jennifer Scappettone. Reprinted by permission of Jennifer Scappettone.

Source: Unpublished (2010)

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Poet Jennifer Scappettone

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

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An artist, translator, and teacher, Scappettone was born and raised in New York. The recipient of a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, she has lived in Italy, Virginia, California, and Chicago. Her collections of poetry are the chapbooks Err-Residence (2007), Beauty (Is the New Absurdity) (2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (2008), translated into Italian with Marco Giovenale, as well as the book-length . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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