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Pepper Girl by Jonterri Gadson
Cover Art: Tyrone Geter, Cover & Interior Design: KMA Sullivan
Paperback, 38 pages, 5” X 7”
September 2012, ISBN 978-1-936919-10-9


This woman needs to be held
to hold.

I still crave the quivering steam cloak
that rises between close bodies,

still want to christen my lover
where sweat pools in my back’s dip,

still make enough heat to twist tongues
dry in my open mouth,

to leave sprawling limbs
veining white sheets,

bare bough reaching.

Pepper Girl by Jonterri Gadson

SKU: 0100012
  • About Pepper Girl

    The poems in Jonterri Gadsons Pepper Girl certainly live up to their title—spicy, provocative, pungent. These capacious and generous poems hold bodies full of candid desire and blood—the blood of passion, family, and violence. Gadson's lines brim with spunk and grit, humor and heartbreak. Her imagination is acrobatic in dazzle and prayerful in its grace.


    —Denise Duhamel

  • About Jonterri Gadson

    Jonterri Gadson is the author of the full-length collection Blues Triumphant (YesYes Books, 2016) and the chapbooks Interruptions (MIEL, 2014) and Pepper Girl (YesYes Books, 2012). She has received scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf, University of Dayton and the University of Virginia where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, and other journals. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/English at Bloomfield, College in New Jersey.

  • Reviews

    Review by Joelle Biele at The Rumpus


    Interview with Writer's Relief 

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