Hotel Magic

pelvic bone

demolition

painkiller hotel

and hunger

cold coffee the

shattered lover

intoxicated

vertebrae

tangled

in the

Delta

transformation

night

sky-

dive

THE MAJESTIC HOTEL

BURNED FOR NEARLY

48 HOURS

Big Dipper

spiraling

catastrophe

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Found poem. Source: The New York Times, April 2014.

This poem was first published on my old blog Chewing Wormwood and then republished in my collection Lupercalia. (I can’t believe I remembered my old blog’s name!)

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Writing Advice #15

ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK YOURSELF

This one is going to be short and sweet.

When you submit your work to a magazine and they ask you to write a cover letter…

DON’T

FORGET

TO

ADDRESS IT TO SOMEONE!

Don’t say “Dear editor”

or “To whom it may concern”

Go to the magazine’s website, find their masthead and PICK OUT A NAME.

And for the love of god don’t start your cover letter with “Dear, ____________”

and then forget to fill in the blank.

It makes you look like a fucking moron.

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Note: I just did that. I wrote “dear” and forgot to plug in someone’s actual name before I hit the submit button. Don’t be like me.

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She Goes Away

Mothers who love their children take them along.—Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior

When my mother goes away

she visits men in cages;

she has always known

the words:

revolutionary,

dissident,

are synonymous depending

on who locks the gate.

When my mother goes away

she takes me with her

sometimes and we walk

along the causeway,

looking for gates.

*

This poem was first published in my collection Lupercalia.

Photo by Matias Jacobi on Unsplash

Publication Archive

Here you will find all the links I could find to print and online magazines that have previously published my work.

Sadly, a few magazines that published my work in the early 2010’s have been discontinued but you can find all of my poems from my earlier writing days in my free poetry collection, Lupercalia.

Depending on the publication date, my name is listed as either Jessica Otto or Jessica Forest, names from my previous lives.

Book Cave Author Blog: Being a Writer With a Day Job

Bread & Beauty Literary Magazine: Eating Perfection: On Writing

Poem of a Poet I Admire: Requiem Magazine

Boulevard: Requiem Magazine

Portrait: The Idle Class

River Girl: Pink Litter

Not an Epistle: Pink Litter

Oracle: qarrtsiluni

Anatomy Lesson: The Idle Class

View from Sunset Motel: Black Heart Magazine

*Note: if any of these links don’t work, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!