Woman in Winter and Passages

by Alice Jennings


Woman in Winter

She sees a man

through the wide glass

doors of the kitchen.

He is standing by the stove,

a wooden spoon

in one hand.  A wine glass

in an another. He is her husband.


She knows she should leave

her space – a red shed

thirty steps and more

behind the house.

It is a cold desert night

No moon. No light.


She steps out wearing

slippers, this season’s

gift from him.

She walks with confidence,

without the fear of summer, for

the snakes are coiled tightly

in deep dens.


She forgets to listen

to the movement of the earth.


The javelinas running

down the hills,

rush so close she feels,

the wind at her knees

but not

the spines of the chollas

scraping her skin.






wishing for years

to stay young

I am old now

the white lily is wilting

I am wilting too




watching him eat sardines

the oily smell, the sucking sound

I think about death

like plankton being filtered

through a sardine’s gills

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Alice Jennings — currently lives in Oaxaca. She is a past participant in the U.S. Poets  Program in Mexico and was a featured reader at Cafe Poesia in Merida, Mexico.

Jennings is an MFA student in the brief residency program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Art by Mel Blossom


Three Cinquains after the Exhibition…

by Alice Jennings

Three Cinquains after the Exhibition: III Bienal Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Biennial 2013

After “El rio parece tranquilo/The River Seems Calm,” 2013
by Olga Guerra
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México

in six glass jars
might just be agua, a
child’s science project, or six
lost lives.

After “Sin titulo I de la serie “Desinterés social”/Untitled I from the “Social Indifference” Series, 2013
by Mónica Areola
Tijuana, Baja California, México

recycle retrieve
refurbished artifact in abandoned

After “Todos observamos/We all watch,”2012
by Eder Lindorfe
Mexicali, Baja California, México

through the
glass, observe the
flag in the center:

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Alice Catherine Jennings is a student in the MFA Program in Writing at Spalding University. Her poetry has appeared in In Other Words: Mérida, The Fertile Source, Poetry at Round Top and is forthcoming in the Hawai’i Review, The Louisville Review and Penumbra. She is the recipient of the U.S. Poets in México 2013 MFA Candidate Award. Jennings divides her time between Oaxaca, México and Austin, Texas.

viejita retocada jpb

Artist: Juan Pablo Bavio

Anciana de Izamal