Two Poems by Jessica MacEachern

Radio Dress

The young woman faces the difficulty of reading

a video translation

We are faced

with tech -

nological chaos


In the jarring feedback there is an uncanny home


The error is the impulse to say, “Make it stop!”


We think to ask how to translate the audio glitch

To interrupt or reorient the present

The poet renders

the mistakes into music


This is a heart beating


or an animal scurrying

Cow Tune

Men on horses enter the picture charging ahead

    she is wrong — this is no cave, no wagon


Her movements

   unfold at the same fast mechanical pace


Her hair over shoulder

   breast just exposed


Over the picture

   of a faded-wood barn

   a new video is playing


The camera pans backward from a room’s narrow window

   We are inside its transparent curtains looking out


Men choke on

woman’s error — having left the frame


All that remains is bare light



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Jessica MacEachern is a PhD candidate in the Département de littératures et de langues du monde at the Université de Montréal. Her article “The Feminist Poet Re-Creates the Soundscape: The Excessive Noise of Lisa Robertson and Rachel Zolf” can be read in Studies in Canadian Literature. Her poem "A Look Back" is forthcoming in Vallum's digital issue "The Chase." 

Follow Jessica on twitter @jessisays or instagram @jessisaying.



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