Tayve Neese

Writer, Publisher, Editor


Tayve Neese's work has appeared in literary journals including Fourteen Hills, The Paris Review (daily online edition), MiPOesias, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and others. She is the Executive Editor of Trio House Press, an independent press publishing distinct and innovative voices of emerging and established American poets.  Her book, Blood to Fruit, is available from David Robert Books, an imprint of WordTech Communications.  Neese has taught poetry at the University of North Florida.  She serves on the Advisory Board for the Concord Poetry Center in Concord, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Colorado.

Piranha's Noon Conversion

Too hot for meat and gut,

what of waterweed, custard

of algae?

There have been kneecaps of cattle, veins of men,

my bite orgasmic in flutter, quickened

through intestine.

What of short root embedded in silt,

suspension of long grasses?

They sway like hairs of a drowned woman.

I have heard of bats that turn from blood to fruit,

of men, even, turned comrades

by way of heat under the watchful eye

of sun, which today, is an iris to choke upon.

                                  (published in caesura)