Janette Schafer

For a Dancer
Your graceful arch on demi pointe
(beautiful naked counterbalance)
extended in arabesque
grazed my shoulder
my elbows facing downward
my chest now full of
the reedy narrow breath
exhaled from the
Bodhisattva-face.

Janette Schafer is a playwright, poet, and opera singer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a 2017 awardee of the Maenad Fellowship in writing through Chatham University and a 2015 awardee of the Arts MODE Fellowship through New Sun Rising LLC for playwriting and experimental theater. Recent and upcoming publications appear in Zany Zygote Review; Eyedrum Periodically; Nasty Women & Bad Hombres; The Woman, Inc.; B. E. Literary Journal; Big Lit International Writing Festival; Chatham University broadsides.