Evening Primrose

J. Allyn Rosser

Spring 2018

Nothing prim about her.
She’s all Watch Me,
Hot Stuff While-U-Wait.
But you have to meet her
on her shady turf’s terms,
a quarter past twilight.
Come alone.
Bring a crowd,
put the blame on Mame and
forget that bimbo Hibiscus,
those flutter-pulsed Stargazers
and high-falutin Grandifloras
(straight from jailbait to matron)
when you get there already
full-blown on some exclusive,
fussily private schedule.

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth collection, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her work has been awarded the Morse Prize, the New Criterion Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Bock and Wood prizes, and she has been the recipient of Lannan, Guggenheim, NEA, and Ohio Arts Council fellowships. She teaches at Ohio University, where she also edited the New Ohio Review for eight years.

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