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"To the Editor Who Asked I Send Poems Without the Word Cunt " is featured in The Southeast Review Vol. 36.2.


To the Editor Who Asked I Send Poems Without the Word Cunt

instead I send you a lily tubular and fuzzy

and a pink piggy bank with tight-folded bills

two palms pressed together a mood ring

a sun-ripened fig a bowl of fresh water

a watertight hull a port a skirt blown back

the blessings of our lady of shipwrecks

a daughter a shadow a chin doubled in joy

the skip and shift of a kite in flight a dirty boot

I send you a cockpit and a pilot dropping bombs

clear to cross runway clittering over the transceiver

just not the monosyllable its sound hairy

needs no editorial trimming or your desk lamp

to hold down the night it isn’t bothered

by your saying the word semen is fine it’s okay baby boy

we all choose how we fill the emptiness inside us


Andrea Jurjević’s first poetry collection, Small Crimes, was chosen by C. G. Hanzlicek as winner of the 2015 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and her translation of Mamasafari, a collection of prose poems in Croatian by Olja Savičević, is forthcoming from Lavender Ink / Diálogos. Her poems and translations have appeared in literary journals such as EPOCH, TriQuarterly, Best New Poets, the Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Hambidge Fellowship. A native of Croatia, she works as a Lecturer in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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