she forgot her life
before the tower: the men
who knelt and cut out

hearts; the girl with skin
as white as snow, nonthreatening
in her shy childhood.

but then the mirror lied
the mirror always lies the
mirror never lies.

it sounded like a
scream, when she fell, the cold queen,
she who used to be


Sultana’s Dream

‘You need not be afraid of coming across a man here. This is Ladyland, free from sin and harm. Virtue herself reigns here.’

Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain

Things That Inspired My Newest Short Story

“A mermaid is itself a kind of sex. A moving thing, without legs.
…the banker was dreaming.
Of mermaids. Ominous how the green light looked
In my window. The sea-fog rolling in.”

 Alejandro Escudé, A Moving Thing, Without Legs

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Continue reading Things That Inspired My Newest Short Story

give it to me

lady sits at a wooden table
warped from rain,
cards spread,
she tries to know your mind
she tries to know
everything feels a little less
at summer’s end,
i feel so much
and the mirror is silent
and there’s an all day ache
and there’s a choice to make, make, make

hold it out in your hand, light
and round as an apple, proof.
poison-blood-red, the skin
cuts sharp between teeth and gums; the flesh,
as white and crisp as snow.

her tongue
she is a witch
she is a queen
she is a little girl
there is an all day ache, there is
an apple.

Quantum Fairy Tales

Sleeping Beauty by Edward Burn Jones (1870-1873)

Just found out last night that one of my stories, “Bone and Arid Flesh,” is going to be published in the Summer 2014 issue over at Quantum Fairy Tales. The story is a retelling of The Sun, the Moon, and Talia, Sleeping Beauty as told by Giammbatista Basile in 1630. It’ll be up later tonight, and of course I’ll link to it, probably in a post with a lot of exclamation points.

If you’re interested in meeting the people behind QFT, they’re here with all their glorious aliases.


Spellbound & Spindles

Hi, friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA — I was on vacation for the past two weeks, and it ended up being a vacation from the internet as well as a vacation from NYC-life.

Exciting news: I’m going to be published in a fairy tale anthology for 8-12 year olds! I wrote a retelling of The Frog and the Condor, a Peruvian fairy tale, which you can find here.

The anthology that my story is going to appear is in called Spellbound, and you can pre-order it here. In ePub format, it’s only five bucks! It is also available in hard cover (!!!) for $16.