Features issue 31 poetry

Bitch Monitoring Your Phone

by Jenny Molberg

A mixed-media digital artwork consisting of sunflower petals digitally enhanced and arranged in a geometric pattern. The background is taupe.
Wynn Bruce by Katherine Shehadeh

Bitch Monitoring Your Phone

I am a citizen detective. I am a sleuth.
Now that I know where you are, I do not care.

What shall I call my wave-colored moon?
How will I occupy it? Where will I erect my flag?

The blue tracker dot waits in the red traffic.
Don’t come near me, little blue dot.

May every sad woman see herself in a mirror.
May she see, may she believe what she sees.

I was too afraid to see that I have always been brave.

Jenny Molberg is the author of three poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (Tupelo Press, 2017), Refusal (LSU Press, 2020), and The Court of No Record (forthcoming from LSU Press, 2023). An NEA fellow, her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in VIDA, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, AGNI, Oprah Quarterly, and other publications. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine.

Katherine Shehadeh is an artist, writer, and attorney, who resides with her family in Miami, Florida. Her artwork has appeared or is forthcoming in Oyster River Pages, Dream Pop Journal and juried exhibitions across the U.S. Find her on Twitter @your_mominlaw or on the www at