Jesse Nissim received her BA in English from Smith College in 1998 and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 2005. She currently lives in Oakland, California, where she teaches English and creative writing at Diablo Valley College and California College of the Arts. Her poems have appeared in 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 580 Split, Borderlands, Fourteen Hills, Mad Hatter's Review, New American Writing and other journals. New work is forthcoming in Five Fingers Review, and her chapbook, Alphabet for M, was published by Dancing Girl Press in August, 2007.

Jesse's new chapbook, Day cracks between the bones of the foot was released in early 2013 by Furniture Press Books.



Jesse Nissim '98




Exact reading of flesh

                                 petals                you return because you left something

(inside a house diminishing)

                                                                        some fire or threat.


A house
as god

                                                                        even where it dwindles


Drops petals                

           like flesh into wind

(in the green street a dream of brick)


walls of flat
cake frosting


                      whipped texture losing itself

in the very heat         of the oven                           You return because you left.





Published in New American Writing 23 (2005).