Christmas Prelude

By Lisa Jarnot b. 1967 Lisa Jarnot
O little fleas
of speckled light
all dancing
like a satellite
 
O belly green trees
shaded vale
O shiny bobcat
winter trail
 
Amoebic rampage
squamous cock
a Chinese hairpiece
burly sock
 
A grilled banana
smashes gates
and mingeless badgers
venerate
 
The asses of the
winter trees
rock on fat asses
as you please
 
Be jumpy
or unhinged
with joy
enlightened
fry cakes
Staten hoy.

Lisa Jarnot, "Christmas Prelude" from Night Scenes. Copyright © 2008 by Lisa Jarnot.  Reprinted by permission of Flood Editions.

Source: Night Scenes (Flood Editions, 2008)

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Poet Lisa Jarnot b. 1967

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Activities, Eating & Drinking, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

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Lisa Jarnot was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1967. After studying with the poet Robert Creeley at the University of Buffalo, she earned her MFA from Brown University. Her poetry is known for its startling yet inviting aesthetic. Jarnot has commented, “I think poems are always collage on some level… Collage is a way to force awareness out of the random flow of information that’s constantly bombarding us.” In addition to the . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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