Fall/Winter 2016

Jane Vincent Taylor


Today I want to talk about regret.
You go first
                I said to the bloomless
                  Christmas cactus.

There is too much happy talk
about growing old
I said to the centennial oak
and he broke out laughing.

Regarding sex:
I am like my ten-year-sober friend who laments
the arrival of fancy beers – too late.

I’m sixth in line at the Apple store
standing out like a worm here
reading my book.

I threw a party last night.
Merlot and a full moon were invited.
If I remember right,
only clouds came by.

Okay, so we’re playing Scattegories.
I was losing to the hipsters
until we get to Birds –
Igloo Ibis, Carmichael’s Crane
Make it up. Win!

LeRoy has dementia.
Under the kitchen table he cannot figure
the way out.
Bark. Bark.    Bark Bark Bark.

Everyone wants a white Christmas.
Snow is like my young soul.
Who wants to be blinded by a field so bright.

After snow, water pooled in the birdbath.
Sun broke a wing of blue and pink above it.
Oh, the nerve of rainbows.


Jane Vincent Taylor is an Oklahoma poet, teacher, and collaborator. Her latest book of poems, Pencil Light, was the inspiration for an exhibit of pencil drawings at Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City in 2015. Jane teaches at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. You can see what she is up to currently at janevincenttaylor.blogspot.com



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