Writer, Editor, Teacher, Project Manager
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Metro Detroit Freelance Writer Jenifer DeBellis's debut micro-memoir in verse, Blood Sisters, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag (2018). She's Pink Panther Magazine’s executive editor and directs the Detroit Writers' Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Solstice of Pine Manor College. A former writer-in-residence for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, she facilitates workshops for Oakland University’s MBWP Writing Camps. JDB teaches writing and literature for Saginaw Valley State University and Macomb Community College. When she's not editing or writing for others, she sneaks in time for her own craft, which was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize and appears in AWP's Festival Writer, the Good Men Project, Literary Orphans, Sliver of Stone, Solstice Literary Magazine, and other fine journals.
I Want to Dance This Way
Their dance burns a void in me.
The clave pulses between congas
& keys, rattles the dancers
free from their cages. He spins her
out, opening the night. Pulls her
in, reaches through a celestial
sphere to reset her fuse.
I want to dance this way.
Maracas sting the space
between their hips as he guides her
copa, combs to a crossover turn, checks
the well of her back. His hand traces
the names of lost lovers
as her steps erase their faces
from the stars. Gyrations
& hand exchanges map a language
free of barriers. Their dance realigns
the wilderness in heavenly realms,
honors gods yet to be named,
dots the sky with a new story.
I close my eyes. Seal the spell.