Here’s Issue One contributor Jessie Janeshek’s reply to our questionnare.

How do you take your coffee?

Extra large, as often as possible, four creams, one sweet and low

Tell us a little about the experience of making the work you have featured in REALITY BEACH.

Hmmm. It’s usually hard for me to remember the situation surrounding the making of a particular poem, which I always try to tell myself when I’m not enjoying writing (as in, “it doesn’t matter if you feel like shit right now…you won’t remember that if the poem gets done and looks good”) or when I am enjoying writing (“this may seem great now, but the poem might suck when you look back at it in a few days.”) But I know I wrote these, and a cluster of others, in early-mid last fall when it was still warm enough to write on my porch, which is always better than not writing on my porch. I was thinking about basements and crows. And tight pants, apparently.

Tell us about the poems you’ve been writing.

I recently returned from a month-long residency in New Mexico where I wrote a chapbook manuscript of poems triggered by the Juarez femicides among other things. I’m shopping it around; hopefully it sees the light of day.

Where can we buy some?

My full-length collection of poems, Invisible Mink (Iris Press 2010), is available on amazon. I’m very excited and grateful to have two chapbooks coming out this spring! Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish will be released by Grey Book Press around March, and Rah-Rah Nostalgia will be published by dancing girl press around May.

What’s the last thing you burned?

A student’s self-esteem or a Paris-“flavored” candle, not sure which

Where is your beach?

New Mexico; Paris; in a writing, reading, or shopping groove; or being asleep

What’s the best line on the fifth page of the poetry book closest to you?

“tell me your bashful names” from Lucille Clifton’s Quilting

What is your favorite dance move? 

The electric slide.  It’s the only dance I know besides the box step.


What’s the ebb reveal?

Poem notes, faux fur, excedrin migraine, dark beer, and cupcake wrappers.

Read Jessie’s amazing poems in REALITY BEACH ISSUE ONE