The First Extraction by Jackie White

Any way you can, fly against estrangement. Question curtain, arrow, dust—read my name on it, then acknowledge air shiver, flower, burning slit. Long ago, clean eye jewel, my mouth mouthed you. Drug, turn, grow back this undressing. Tell me how to search out the beauties that death vanishes like winter.
Jackie K. White earned her PhD in Creative Writing (poetry) from UIC with concentrations in Latino/Latin American and Women’s Studies. A former editor with RHINO, she is now a professor at Lewis University where she serves as a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Her poems and translations have appeared in ACM, Bayou, Fifth Wednesday, Folio, Quarter after Eight, Spoon River, Third Coast, and online at, seven corners, shadowbox, and She has published three chapbooks: Bestiary Charming, 2006 Anabiosis Press award; Petal Tearing & Variations, Finishing Line (2008); and Come Clearing, Dancing Girl Press in 2012.