Posts Tagged ‘Jessy Randall’

We do not publish pornography,
society gossip, or poems about cats
I read. “Oh, well,” I sighed
at my spread-eagled harlot
as she chatted on the phone
with her senator brother.
“I guess they’re not for me.”
Snickers purred in agreement.

— Daniel M. Shapiro

Daniel M. Shapiro is a schoolteacher in Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook “Trading Fours” (Pudding House Press, forthcoming) and co-author of “Interruptions” (Pecan Grove Press, 2011), a collection of collaborations with Jessy Randall. Some of his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lily, SOFTBLOW, and Borderline.


On Having a Day Alone in My Own House

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Poems, Prose Poems

On Having a Day Alone in My Own House

I sculpt my gratitude into a Soviet-era monument, a giant blocky thing for the town square. Buses of tourists gawk at it, marveling at the effort. Mothers and fathers nod secretly to themselves: yes, for a day alone in my own house, I agree, such a massive thank-you makes perfect sense.

–Jessy Randall

Jessy Randall’s website is She keeps track of library shenanigans at