In a show titled after her own name

Jessica Lee 

Donna Reed plays Donna Stone, wife
to a doctor named Alex Stone 

as in bedrock, ancient
surface to be carved

with modern day blades—one woman, two names
infinite bodies to be played

yet Donna, nothing more than a stock 
typecast darling  

niece, mother, smiling nurse
always the sweetheart, never the femme

fatal. It’s only in her fantasies 
on screen where she plays her dream self

Donna the vixen       in fish-
nets smoke coiling from her painted    hole

of a mouth abandoning 
her nest for the blazing 

light of the Hollywood sign
what’s in a name a Stone

by any other name might be a Reed
and Donna is both iron ore and waif 

in silk crepe willowed and hard
she herself the deliberate conflation

soft blade
wavering in the wind   but also heavy weight

anchor to a notion called home keeping 
roof and country rooted to some soon

to be mowed-lawn 

Jessica Lee is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Narrative Magazine and an Editorial Reader for Copper Canyon Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT, cream city review, Diagram, Fugue, Passages North, phoebe, Prairie Schooner, Zone 3, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2017 Greg Grummer Poetry Award and the 2017 So to Speak Poetry Contest. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Find her online at

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