KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 1: Fall 2014
Poem: 107 words

Ordinary Hermetics

by Jess Dimond
Read the newspaper and prairie 
as though like eyes they keep 
some shimmer of some truth you 
thought you’d forgot. 
Even the mug of coffee might 
send signals in steam, 
though does the meaning change 
if in sipping its secrets 
you scald your throat raw? 
Stop looking for signs. 
What is, is; be. 
The twelve mice curled like fingernail 
clippings along 
the path you and your brother 
walk from childhood mean nothing 
but that twelve mice have died. 
And yet not a mark on them, 
still furry, still fat, left 
by the owls and hawks: oh, too 
weird. Keep looking. There 
must be something here. 
Jess Dimond
Issue 1, Fall 2014

During an act of self-Googling (not a euphemism), Jess Dimond was surprised to find Jessica Dimond’s poetry website. Jess, who does not have such a website, is neither related to nor a doppelgänger of that Jessica. Spooky. Jess-not-Jessica has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois, where Jess studied with and had the good fortune to be influenced by Steve Davenport. Jess’ publication credits include Brusque, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Tarpaulin Sky. Jess lives in Seattle with a long-distance runner and three cats.

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