Jessica Van de Kemp is an award-winning teacher, poet, and playwright currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Waterloo. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Daughters in the Dead Land (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Spirit Light (The Steel Chisel, 2015). To read more of her work, visit:


Light trail, legs running, still 
stopped at the door to a hallway, 
whoever I am here, wall hanger, 
smiling into the back of my hand, 
a bite of skin, all the men who look, 
a yawn intention, longer than, coffee 
maker scream, not new, not at all 
what spins like a spider through feet, 
in tears, the phone call on hold, no faces, 
the inaudible whisper of eyes, one breath, 
no I can’t, not strong, hanging art from 
the ceiling, almost moving, touch 
ten years, then light and loud and teeth.

Jessica Van de Kemp