Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Daniela Olszewska

The House That Jane Built

The house that Jane built:
lick-able wallpapers and edible floors.

The color scheme is chartreuse.
As in, the evolution of.
As in, the reptilian brain.

The bathrooms are anesthetic-lite
with tastefully clawed tubs.

Halved by prisms, the multiple
staircases articulate their discomfort.
Like the creaking of recently made ghosts.

There is a frequent unraveling
of royal standards. Sky window spacing:

a fine view of the piñata clouds.
The living room full of potted orchids
exhaling ever so rapidly.

The practice of husbandry in trilogy form.
Conveyor belts transfer

to the porch/study/bedroom.

The proprietress pacing her attic floor
Down into isosceles triangle pattern.

Daniela Olszewska was born in Wrocław, Poland and raised in the area known as Chicagoland. Poetry-related activities include serving on the editorial board of Columbia Poetry Review (volumes 19 and 20) and acting as Deputy-at-Large for Switchback Books. Her chapbook is called The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe (dancing girl press, 2008).