Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Everything's Real Somewhere, They Say

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Everything's Real Somewhere, They Say

Article excerpt

Lily Rowena, the poor relation, tongue-tied at a birthday tea

Along gray sedge, a golden swan surveys the hidden hunters

sees six women bonding with articulate eyebrows-

whose arrows are aimed at her clairvoyant neck.

lace, éclairs, and red velvet cake-not to mention funnel.

Through wormholes of diamond, she deftly escapes.

Overseas travel, university children, second marriages:

On a planet far away, all are punished with death,

now they're gushing over spinster Lily's neat white head.

yet a woman with paper wings is flying through lead, noble.

Invisible, the sun begins to set. Who is to guess

In mutable multiverses, swans may be lilies, a lamb,

she sacrificed two months of milk to buy a decent dress?

áreles, a turtle, a willow, a wisp, a manifestation

The hostess Candice gives her own Chanel a sly caress, rises

on eight spider legs, a rocking horse, Io, a packet of pegs. …

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