Jessica Lanay

Jessica Lanay is a poet, short fiction, and art writer currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Pittsburgh while assisting at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Her work focuses on architectures of interiority, escapism, history of psychoanalysis, and southern culture. Her poetry has appeared in Sugar House ReviewCrab Fat Literary MagazineAcentos ReviewFugue, and others. She has work forthcoming in The Common, Prairie Schooner, and Indiana ReviewHer short fiction was most recently published in Tahoma Literary Review, and Black Candies. A short autobiographical essay was also published in Salt Hill Journal. She is a Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Kimbilio Fellow.

Work by Jessica Lanay

Jessica Lanay

Play. Ground.

At the cast of her thin finger I become— / "You be the father." She says, / "You be the husband." I think / of everything a seven-year-old girl— / white keloids on her knees could know / about these things.

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Jessica Lanay

Tax•is

note 1: everything murmurs with the tension of preparation for flight. gravity is not binding, but a pressure joculating against itself. the punchline: it could let go at any second.

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