a little fire

In the photo of the kitchen fire, We are dressed for Christmas: Me in a flammable hand-me-down jacket, Her in her costume jewelry And her Edward Scissorhands t-shirt. The scene is blurred and blue with smoke, since, In the photo of the kitchen fire, the fire itself Is still in progress, burning on in […]


My father, tangled in the height of adolescence, wept outside Old Saint Paul’s Church as spring died, reading Desiderata. The poem lay inscribed in rock at the rear of the church, where he counted his blessings. The sky, he told me, was angry, angrier than most, and I imagined billowy Michelangelos swollen with inconsolable rain. […]


Through the harsh whistle of a bullying Blue Jay from the feeder, the Common Yellowthroat’s wichity-wichity-wichity, we find our own through bill and tap and rhythmic drumming on drainpipe, bone against bone. So much more is said when the yard is quiet… So much more spoken between        wings. Kelly Ann Jacobson is a Professor of […]


True Story Metaphor for My Parents’ Divorce In this shrinking house, I am still growing, my wrist gripped between window and sill, one toe pinched in neat joists. Our mother’s footsteps echo far away. In this dollhouse, animals and plates die under glass, a frozen china cabinet phalanx. The wedding cake couple will keep on […]


Most of the time when I’m making music I’m holding mallets or sticks. My first instrument was my older brother John’s drum set. When I was about ten I started to listen and try to play to all the great Rock music of the late 60’s and ‘70s. Then early in high school I discovered […]

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Bourgeon is a program of the non-profit Day Eight. Day Eight's mission is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects.

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