Poetry and Prose by Wess Mongo Jolley

Available on Wattpad
Available in Text and Audiobook!
Available on Wattpad

Poetry Books by Wess Mongo Jolley

Sample Poem From “The White Porcelain Well”:

Black Granite (excerpt)

For tonight, Josef, I long again
     to hear you speak to me in my sleep
     and tell me things about myself that I don’t
     know, in a language that I don’t understand.

Tonight, I long again
     to pass you on the street, not recognize your face, and
     never know that you turn and watch me walk away.

Tonight, I long again
     to weep in the theatre, three rows in front of
     you, an art film spoken in French, reading the
     subtitles, unaware that after the movie you
     only remember the shape of my shoulders.

Tonight, I long again
     to wonder who it was that gave me this
     scar, to touch it, scratch it absentmindedly,
     while thinking of anything but you.

Tonight, I long again
     to be defined by you refined by you, filtered,
     purified and expelled by you, all through a dirty
     cafe window, and all between dessert and the check.

Tonight I long
     for the universe to be so appalled that it will roll
     back the sun to the moment your turned away from me
     and disappeared into the crowded bar.

Sample Poem From “Smolder & Spark”:

The Living

“The front section is the realm of the dead, symbolized by inert materials – polished black granite and concrete. The back section represents the living.”
—Parc de l’espoir – AIDS Memorial Park, Montreal.

I’ve lost those cubes of half remembered dead—
not even half I’ve forgotten them completely

In favor of the mullet-headed sandal-toed lover
who picks his teeth in the coffee shop

In favor of proud meat market hookups
who won’t bother to feign interest or surprise

In favor of coffee so black and strong
old memories are strangled into myth

In favor of shared glances gelled Mohawks veined throbbing house
music pounding our spines until our hearts skip a beat in unison

In favor of a street filled with desperately handsome men I cannot
see through the haze of a new love’s breath on my eyelids

In favor of dying happy because of
last night and last night and last night

When spasms of ecstasy ended with
my tears spread across both his calves

Poems Featured in Books and Journals

As Featured in the Write Bloody Press book “The Good Things About America,” edited by Derrick Brown and Kevin Staniec:

*Emily’s Legacy

As Featured in the book “Warrior Poets,” edited by Ko Shin Bob Hanson:

Distant Thunder

As Featured in decomP


* No longer available on line.  Copies of these poems are available on this site.

Audio and Video

“Manhattan’s Arms” performed live at the Bowery Poetry Club, as part of the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast Showcase and Party, October 9, 2009.  Introduced by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.

“Emily’s Legacy,” As heard on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel. Hosted by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. February 2, 2009.  Music by Ivan Chew.

Interviews and Misc.