Another Dream by Jessica Van de Kemp

Jessica Van de Kemp is a 2014 Best of the Net nominee and is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, Four-Coloured Memory, from Bitterzoet Press. Her poetry appears most recently in: Vallum, Written River, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Naugatuck River Review. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Waterloo.

Another Dream

Of you wearing sunlight
like a loose feather.
The broken dishwasher at your feet. I show you the red-dash
hand the machine took for cutlery.


That’s the kind cut
of your kiss. A holding,
lifting mist of small birds.

Some strip of ditch in the yard
I try to fill with the look of you,
blind and breathless.

We hurt each other
even here in dreamscape,
hurt and love, gargantuan
hope like a face in shadow.

Night of Strange Winter

Make it home
in time to hear

your birthday hour
knock like a growl

at the screen.
I hear the squares punch

and bird-drift.

Some tiny cloud
shaping into bed with you.

I taste the snowsquall.

How many years has it been?
Enough for a penny

to sink into the mud
like a tuber of light.

Author: Mr. Phillipe

Phillipe Martin Chatelain / @uptownvoice / Phillipe is the Managing Editor of In Parentheses. He is a poet from New York City with a Masters Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taken on a much more digital definition. Furthermore, it is important for New Modernist writers like those exhibited in In Parentheses Literary Magazine to assume the forms of media available in order to carry on the history of Sublime Art. His series taking shots alone was self-published in 2012-2015. The self-published collection FACETS (2019) is now available.

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