Joan McNerney

our family closet

is full of cracked
skulls beginning
with nancy
"mother's never
going to be
sick again ---
see her steady hands"
cured 20 times
or take
aunt edna
shock treatment
in doctor's
split level office
cruel irish grandfather
another lunatic
who chose
farming over teaching
tripling size
of fingers
don't forget
uncle alcohol
plus patriot sister
with american eagle
in living room
& prison record
none of them will
ever speak of
secret secrets
exposed   add a couple
of 40-year-old 
virgins & go
clear off a shelf
for me too.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle PressDinner with the MuseMoonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze,Blueline, and Halcyon Days. Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations.