Becca Barniskis

Excerpted from Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket, Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest Finalist, forthcoming

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When I was a boy
I believed in secret toys
that moved in cupboards
and hissed
through keyholes.
I played under tables in the nursery
with my tin weapons
and read earnest books
on wilderness survival.
I grew up! I studied war!
and how to pick locks:
women, books, maps.

Becca Barniskis' chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket will be published in 2013 by Anomalous Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, among them The Boiler, Mid-American Review, burntdistrict, Conduit, and Prairie Schooner. She lives and works in Minnesota. beccabarniskis.com

Nick Jaffe, who collaborated with her on the audio version of these four poems and who is working with her on an audio version of the forthcoming chapbook, is a Chicago-based musician, recording engineer and teacher.  He has performed as a guitarist with a wide variety of artists including Common, Dwele and Ice Cube and collaborates on music across genres.  His most recent solo work includes an album that is a musical history of the Sputnik I satellite. http://nickjaffe.com