Jeff Encke

Jeff Encke’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Kenyon Review Online, Salt Hill, and Tarpaulin Sky. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a series of love poems addressed to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals printed on a deck of playing cards.

Work by Jeff Encke

Jeff Encke

Iron Spider

Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night with a clot of belladonna / paste and baby teeth, a talking wound in my idiopathic breast.

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Jeff Encke

Mouth Pear

At the touch of a screw the fruit distends in the mouth an arduous barrier between cavity and functional capability the underlying palate soft    a defect of mastication We keep what is lost    the first impression in a child’s putty a denture overcoming the residual ridge of the face Only speech ends the condition of conjunction    the cast of sulci poses the weight of compromise      choice loads of bone made labial the fabrication of principles undercuts the restoration of twang The internal rules of aesthetics, the lean rubber of the educated heat but a simple technique to level and prepare for the thereafter Orientation grooves flush with next steps   the ...

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