National Poetry Month Day 9: “Stone Cold Jane” by Cornelius Eady


“Stone Cold Jane” is one of the tracks from Cornelius Eady’s new chapbook from Kattywompus Press, Book of Hooks. I say tracks because these are as much songs as poems. “Stone Cold Jane” appears with the kind permission of Kattywompus Press.

Stone Cold Jane

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The girl likes to roll
Got her rockstar skates
On the flat track, baby
Better have what it takes

The good doctor in Spanx
Ain’t any doubt
Hoof on her wheels
Time for a bout

Stone Cold Jane
Stone Cold Jane
In the classroom it’s theory
On the track, it’s pain

The girl likes to win
Elbows and knees
Just a blur as she spins
No apologies

A gal and her pals
Down on derby night
Time for some fun
Time for a fight

Stone Cold Jane
Stone Cold Jane
In the classroom, it’s theory
On the track, it’s pain.

She’s racking up points
She’s cracking the whip
She’s brushing ‘em off
With a bump of her hips.

Round and round
And round again
Goodbye, real world,
Hello, Jane!

Stone Cold Jane
Stone Cold Jane
In the classroom it’s theory
On the track, it’s pain.


Words and Music: Cornelius Eady
CE: Loops and Vocals
Bernie Heveron: Lead Guitar


Author’s note: Devoney Looser teaches with me in the English Dept. at my present job at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she is a respected scholar in 18th Century Women’s Lit. But she also has a life as a blocker on a local roller derby team where her handle is Stonecold Janeausten. Thought that needed a theme song.


Cornelius Eady has published eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). His works in poetry and musical drama have been awarded the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets, Newsday’s Oppenheimer Award, and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He is the recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Traveling Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. Eady is co-founder, with Toi Derricotte, of Cave Canem.

Original poetry published by The Rumpus. More from this author →