#53 – Fall 2016


Conversation with
Jennifer Jean


Rattle #53

Rattle #53 features a tribute to 22 adjunct instructors, and a spirited conversation with Jennifer Jean, covering the current plight of adjuncts in academia, her work with sex trafficking survivors, and time spent as a Tarot card reader. Over 65% of U.S. college faculty now work as adjuncts, facing low wages, limited hours, and high instability. We wanted to highlight their writing, while also showing support for recent efforts at gaining better treatment by the university system. As always, the goal was to show the wide range of creative work that the featured group is producing, so while many poems address their careers, others cover a variety of subjects. All of them share their thoughts on adjuncting in the contributor notes section.

The first half of the issue features an eclectic mix of work by seventeen poets from other fields.

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 Audio Available Heather Altfeld  Pliny’s Traveling Apothecary …
 Audio Available Ned Balbo  Rare Book and Reader
John Bradley  What I Never Told My Draft Board
Aubrie Cox  Five Haiku
Anna M. Evans  The Adjunct’s Villanelle
R.G. Evans  Almost Holy
Howard Faerstein  Exercises for Freshman Composition
Gail Goepfert  Cold Calling
  Steve Henn  Always Wanted a Career in Education? …
Brionne Janae  As You Recall the End of Their Marriage
Jennifer Jean  #CarryThatWeight
Clint Margrave  Recap of Yesterday’s Tenure-Track …
 Meursault Gets a Job as an Adjunct …
Jeff McRae  Performance Without Notes
Sharon Fish Mooney  Wheat Fields with Reaper
Peter Murphy  Mean Time
James B. Nicola  Curtailed Sonnet
Julie Price Pinkerton  After I Got the Email …
Elaine Sexton  Anthem
Rebecca Snow  Sestina for Adjuncts
Brent Terry  21st Century Autoimmune Blues
Meghan Tutolo  Allegheny Valley, Exit 48
Kathleen Winter  Job Security

Open Poetry

Steve Abbott  Ringtone Pantoum
Dennis Caswell  My Pet Alien
Peter Davis  The Future as We Planned It
John Guzlowski  Death and Poetry
Sarah Hart  Self-Portrait as a Highway
Lynne Knight  Water Child
Quincy R. Lehr  War Song
Michael Mark  The First Thanksgiving, Exactly
Darren Morris  A Handbook for the Blind
Jessica Plante  After Joining OkCupid …
Hayden Saunier  The Way It Is with My Father
  Mather Schneider  Our Morning Train
Hillery Stone  Lexicon for a Simpler Childhood
  Charles Tisdale  Air Borne
Craig van Rooyen  Meeting the Buddha
Wendy Videlock  Redress
  Carolyne Wright  Lady from Mountains


Jennifer Jean

Cover Art

Allison Merriweather