(after Man Ray’s film, “Emak Bakia,” Basque for “leave me alone.”)

distant Marseilles domes
tell my future

a low heeled saddle shoe
is not immune to

entrapment bicycle
baguette variety

sparkle poodle show
400 blows at Epiphany

one cannot steal a
nailed down red carpet

style icon
for a funeral parlor

her poor bric-a-brac

bobbed hair

exposed lace shoulder
minuscule Grecian lip

your open eyes
painted on eyelids

bloom a towering
joke totem

throw shade
to the crowd

for a sad day coma


Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. Recent chapbooks are out or forthcoming from Grey Book Press, Dancing Girl Press and Shirt Pocket Press. Her first full length collection is forthcoming from Lucky Bastard Press.  Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Pith, Freezeray, So to Speak, Entropy, Right Hand Pointing, Chiron Review, and decomP. Visit: