Flying Snake — Juliet Cook

Last month, I felt like I looked old and unattractive,
but this month, I feel like I look like a young attractive snake.

I know some people wouldn’t insert
the words “young” and “attractive” next to a snake
(or the word “snake” as a comparison for a human face,
but maybe those people haven’t seen my face yet).
I know some people wouldn’t manage to cheer
themselves up from a funeral home procession
by starting to write a few lines about their upset thoughts
and then turning it into a poem that turned themselves
into a snake, but now I feel less depressed and less clichéd.

Now I feel more okay about my own contorted thinking
and more like a woman who needs snakes on her legs,
one half poisonous; the other half sweet.


Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, recently including Arsenic Lobster, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, ILK, Menacing Hedge, and Tarpaulin Sky Press. She is the author of more than thirteen poetry chapbooks, most recently including POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press, 2013), RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014), a collaboration with Robert Cole called MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), and another new collaboration with j/j hastain called Dive Back Down (new from Dancing Girl Press). Juliet’s first full-length poetry book, Horrific Confection, was published by BlazeVOX in 2008 and Malformed Confetti is her second full-length poetry book, forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press. In addition to her own writing, Juliet is the editor/publisher of Blood Pudding Press (print) and Thirteen Myna Birds (online) and creates other art too, such as semi-abstract painting/collage art hybrid creatures.