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Parneshia Jones

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Parneshia Jones

Parneshia Jones is the author of the poetry collection, Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2015). She is the sales and subsidiary rights manager and poetry editor for Northwestern University Press and lives in Evanston, Illinois.


by this poet


Weir, Mississippi, 1984

Sara Ross,
Great and Grand-mother of all
rooted things waits on the family porch.
We make our way back to her beginnings.

Six daughters gather space and time
in a small kitchen.
Recipes as old as the cauldron
and aprons wrap around these daughters;


Dawn oversees percolating coffee
and the new wreckage of the world.

I stand before my routine reflection,
button up my sanity,
brush weary strands of hair with pomade
and seal cracked lips of distrust
with cocoa butter and matte rouge.

I ready myself once again
for morning