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Navy Blue
Broken hymns. Desperate prayers. Tales of first heroes. Stories of the street. The poems in...
Subway Medusa
This collection of poems is filled with psychics, surfers, femmes fatales, and the love-stricken. Whether...
The Plural of Some Things
Written with a probingly sensitive eye, this collection of poems illuminates the subtle and poignant...
Orioles in the Oranges is an exquisitely told story of a destructive modern love, woven together with a famous M├ętis legend of Pelee Island - involving a young woman who plunged to her death in Lake Erie after being abandoned by her English husband. Janisse's own Metis heritage, as well as her relationship with Detroit's vibrant underground, creates a tone throughout the poems that can only be described as defiant and sensual. The poems are accentuated with some of the area's shipwrecks and tales of rum running and drug smuggling, adding a dark and intriguing texture to the work.
Orioles in the Oranges

Melanie Janisse
2009
Orioles in the Oranges
Paramita, Little Black
Exaltation in Cadmium Red
We are no longer the smart kids in class
Wait
Lessons of Chaos and Disaster
We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite