Splintered / Confessional Pt. I: “Arrested”

We have decided to print Jessie Carty’s Poem “Arrested” in parallel with Anthony Frame’s poem “Confessions”, since we find a kind of natural dialogue arises between them.  We present them under the moniker SplinteredConfessional.

-The Editors


We had you arrested
said you were a threat
as you drooled
down your loosened tie
it was peace
we wanted
we locked you up
for the quiet
my mother
bailed you out
she was your one
phone call
a woman to whom
you were no longer married
a woman you told us
to not be like
with her hair
wrapped in black netting
her work shirts
of fried shrimp
and butter

jessieJessie Carty’s work has appeared in such journals as Margie, Weave and The Northville Review. Her first chapbook, At the A & P Meridiem was released by Puddinghouse Publications in 2009. Her first full length collection will be released in 2010. Jessie is also the editor of Shape of a Box, YouTube’s First Literary Magazine. She received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);

7 comments for “Splintered / Confessional Pt. I: “Arrested”

  1. September 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    An excellent poem — so much stated in so few words. “Arrested” is the title, and “arrested” is the man, in more ways than one.

  2. C.Crawford
    October 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    very good work. You have taken what could have been a whiney, self-sorry, standard confessional piece and through good use of dropping the punct. the jagged, shorter lines which flow nonetheless, the right tone and pace, and made a cracker of a poem. Like Sherry Chandler said..”so little words”. I remember reading about Chekov telling off a young writer friend for weeping and wailing in text for the character she was writing.You dont do that here. Loved it.

  3. C.Crawford
    October 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Actually, brilliant.

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