I regularly occasionally when I remember to look at my calendar and realize I haven’t posted anything on my blog in a month–post poetry on my blog but I have had a few published by some lovely, lovely presses. Here you can find the links to some of my work. Depending on the date, my name is listed as either Jessica Otto or Jessica Forest, those names were from my previous marriage and before my second marriage. I am not pretending to be three people. That’s way too exhausting.
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Where do you go after the water? After you drown?
A nameless traveler drives down the road and is swept away by a flood that transforms the road into a river, transforms the landscape into something vicious and inhospitable.
Searching water and sky for everything that is lost, the blood and bone of the organic organism abandons the twisted, inorganic body of the car and dives deeper into the unknown.
On this roadriver, the shifting boundaries of life and death know no limits.
The Echo of Something Hitting is a hybrid, cross-genre, lyric essay that explores the transformative journey from disaster to survival and beyond; a deconstructed creature returning to the earth, becoming something new as the language of crossings, gestures, containment, and dying are, in turn, transformed and escape the boundaries of their words.
Fans of Catherynne M. Valente’s The Labyrinth and Bhanu Kapil’s Incubation: A Space for Monsters will enjoy this handful of words.
(The first edition of this book was published in April, 2016, and titled Riverkill. This second edition has revised and updated content, as well as a new title and book cover. The ebook Riverkill is no longer available for download, The Echo of Something Hitting is the new incarnation of the text.)
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The city is born, slippery and feral, and then it grows, collects and casts aside inhabitants that break and reshape the boundaries of mythology. Jessica Halsey’s Lupercalia guides readers through the ruins of stories after smashing against reality. These speculative and fantastical poems represent the search for identity and purpose in a world that challenges the endurance of the human spirit.
From the fall of Icarus to the death of Lot’s Wife, these poems represent how every mythological hero and trial are reflections of our daily lives.
This collection is a revised and updated Second Edition of Jessica Halsey’s two previously published poetry collections, Graveyard and Twisted Myths.