by Jenny Bitner
Not sleeping in a red room
not sleeping in the bed of a woman
not sleeping smelling pussy and bologna
not sleeping and not reading and
not listening and seeing my past as far away
not sleeping and scratching my waxy ear
on velvet cushion and dreaming of bears
although the repercussions are of course
not sleeping and not knowing
not sleeping and remembering piles of dog shit
not sleeping and wandering to bars to buy
not sleeping and looking and thinking always
get out of my head out of my head not
Jenny Bitner is our much-beloved, and now much-missed, retiring Poetry Editor. Her patience, inspiration, humor and ability will be fondly remembered. Jenny has been on the ATM staff for longer than many of us can even remember, and it won't be the same without her. Again, thanks for everything.
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