Her dance moves her between extremes 
She hangs, momentarily suspended in time, potentially everything  
She flows, frenetic kinetic, potential spent in movement 
She turns, her classical beauty on display 
“It’s just a phase”, they say 
As if the entire mystery of the universe were not contained in this oscillation 
As if time could pass any other way 


Jo Problems is a graduate student at UMass Boston who copes with the stresses of academic life by telling her cat he’s a weenis. Her only other previously published poem is in a Romanian textbook that has yet to go to print.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.