by Jessica Poli



ISBN 9781938900037
Publication date: March 2013
23 pages, 5.3″ x 7″
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In the kitchen, there are two of myself—
one cooking, stirring, sautéing,
one lying dead on the slick tile,
crabs crawling and tangling in her hair.


A startlingly surreal and mytho-erotic creation, The Egg Mistress conjures unknown boundaries of eros and worlds within an egg whose origins demand the geographies of a new language:

If I could speak mineral.
If I could only eat bonemeal. If the cabbage

learned not to grow roots. If you were the barn
and I was the peeled corn.

Jessica Poli is a true original and this chapbook is an odyssey of delight.

– Mark Irwin, judge of the 2012 Poetry Chapbook Competition


Jessica Poli grew up in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, but also calls Pittsburgh her hometown. She is currently in the MFA program at Syracuse University, and is editor of the online magazine Birdfeast.



Book design by Joseph Kaplan.

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