selfie in mask
Hanalei Halloween
by Jennifer Lagier

All Hallow’s Eve on Kauai — women in cat’s ears and whiskers,
a harem girl’s outfit, pool boys dressed like the devil.

A Grateful Dead skeleton riffs beneath red bandana.
His stage—a carved pumpkin perched upon a faux cow skull.

Bat wings stretch, poised for flight within scarlet scarab.
Love beads wrap the base of a gravestone.

Candy corn, bed sheet ghosts, eight-legged plastic spiders.
I take refuge on the lanai, treat myself to a mai tai.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Selfie in Halloween Mask, 2015.


AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: When I saw this assemblage in the lobby of the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort on Halloween 2014, I knew I had to write a poem and take a photo.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Lagier has published ten books of poetry and internationally in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her latest book, Where We Grew Up, was just issued by FutureCycle Press. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, maintains web sites for Homestead Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Ping Pong Literary Journal, misfitmagazine and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Website: