Joey De Jesus

exorcism of the ritual gristle piece


I left them dead—all of them—for days
during the period of gnat attack
even repotted baby bloodleaf,
spritzing my exotic moss
at the window.

My student advises me to control
my root chakra—so this
is a poem about root chakra,
a meditation against the bone cycle.




Joey De Jesus may be a chimera of unknown origin, but is a recipient of a 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry. Joey is an editor at Apogee Journal, holds a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently enrolled in NYU's Performance Studies MA program. Joey's poems have appeared in print and online, and have been installed and performed at Artists Space and the New Museum.