Russell Jaffe


There are no dead here.
Things evolve from rain slicked ponds to wood to gray carpet and hallways to eggshell white to taupe to oversized numbers in bright shades outside elevators.
Sheds skin and others put them on. They don’t fit right. Some slither and droop; some are first graders in oversized yellow slickers waiting for a bus
twirling, sprinkling droplets, leaving their stains, emptying themselves into a party
like a vessel. They’re interesting, though.

Russell Jaffe holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia College, Chicago. He teaches poetry and composition courses at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is the author of the chapbooks Note/Worthy (Scantily Clad Press), LITEROAST (Counterexample), and G(*)D (Pudding House Press). He also runs O Sweet Flowery Roses, a blog/journal.
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