Jeanette Beebe

Red Water

Wild flamingos


in a lake of acid

grew / grow

glands, adapting

to / for

an environment

so toxic

& super saturated

with salt

& most flamingos

on Earth

are born here, pink


Jeanette Beebe's poems have appeared in Salamander, Sixth Finch, Chattahoochee Review, Juked, Bayou Magazine, New South, and elsewhere. She was named a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Poetry, and she was a member of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s first spoken word team at Brave New Voices. She lives in Akron, Ohio. Her website is