His antics are a monkey
in distress. Clouds of powder
everywhere. In this mise en scène
the players play the game. An explosion
and rubble on the floor.
A perfume bottle.
This is the self we all bring
to the table, tapped in exhaustion,
myriad words all over the floor
like minions. Distress
erects our defenses,
Janann Dawkins lives in Ann Arbor. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in decomP, Gloom Cupboard, Gutter Eloquence, Shoots and Vines, and Danse Macabre, among others. Her chapbook, Micropleasure, was published by Leadfoot Press in 2008.