IDIOMATIC II.

Jeanine Deibel

Blow by blow. Without

missing a beat. Bone

of contention. Make bets

in a burning house.

Sweet talk. Take the edge

off. Bend my ear. Blood

and thunder. At the top

of your lungs. Queer

the pitch. Sell me down

the river. Button my

lip. By the skin of your

teeth. Get your head

around. A hatchet man.

Go out on a limb.

All fingers and thumbs.

Read them and weep.

Quick on the draw.

A knife to a gun-

fight. Keep in touch

Jeanine Deibel is a writer and an editor, whose poems and book reviews have appeared in Boston ReviewColorado ReviewEleven ElevenFact-Simile, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of two chapbooks, IN THE GRAVE (Birds of Lace Press, 2013) and Spyre (Dancing Girl Press, 2014).

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