Yes, love, it has been a LONG TIME!

It's been ages since my last post. I'd imagine you thought I flew the coop. None doing darling! I've just had an extremely busy year.

I'll begin writing regularly soon. In the meantime, here's a little something for you:

By Ashley McWaters
Fairy Tale Review Press
80 pages

Shadow Sampler

Her salt. Shed skin of her penultimate love.
Her best little black dress. White of her hunger,
bubble climbing to the top. How it began
with red. Her folded napkin, her careful lap.
Waxing forth of her fingers, pendulum slosh
of water legs. All the teeth. Astrolabe.
Trajectory of thread she left behind. Back
of a transparent material. Her little feet,
little iambs. Holy moment. Tinfoil afternoons
at origami. Her second language, French
for What if I can't say it? French for It glows.
Enough blue in the borders. Stitches to show
on the front as shadows. Cloth pelted to look
like the print of an exotic animal. Elaborate
dessert: tarte tatin. Evacuation plan. Her mothy
black beret. Mirror threads. Empty pockets
loud as news. How it began with red.

Excerpted from Whitework by Ashley McWaters, published by Fairy Tale Review Press.
Copyright (c) 2009 by Ashley McWaters. All rights reserved.


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