Half Drunk Muse Poetry


Three Questions, One Experiment by Jane Adam

what kind of face thinks
it can explain holiness to us—thinks
it can tell us what we are supposed to be
grateful for—what does that face look like?

we’re told to avoid the snake—the one who knows
how to shed her heavy old skin, transmute
her poisons, burn through her interruptions—but
couldn’t we ever have used her logic?

the acid beauty, the one that’s never
on the map, the one that cleans
our eyes and ears:
we are never warned about that one, are we?

View bio for Jane Adam Published in Fall 2004

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Half Drunk Muse was one of the first poetry ezines. It was founded in 1999 and ceased publication in 2006.

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