Jo Pitkin’s most recent collection of poetry is Cradle of the American Circus, published in June.
 (November 2012)

Parakeets in Woolworth’s

Arabesqueing beside the bins of plastic hairpins, combs, and bands, neon pink and blue parakeets in pairs delicately fluff and dance. Throughout the long caged days measured out in ebbs and flows— the midday rush, the after-dinner slump, the clumps of the curious— …