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Jessica Jacobs

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 is the editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.


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Stridulation Sonnet

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.
So the sapsucker drums chimney flashing

for our amped-up morning reveille. Or,
later, home again, the wind’s papery
come hither through the locust leaves. The roof
arcing its tin back to meet the rain.

The bed’s soft creak as I roll to my side.
What sounds will your body make against mine?