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She May Be a Saint

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by Sarah Nichols

Sarah’s chapbook will be released in the next few months. This is a pre-order. One of the first copies will be shipped prior to official release date as soon as it’s bound!

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EXCERPT

EXPERIENCES, QUIETLY HUMMING

I had a headful of bees. A gullible
head untouched
by their animosity.

How can I let them out ?

I won’t say I 
like being in
prison, and

I want to
go home
to the wax house.

I was supposed to be a 
virgin. But

I am
the magician’s
girl

who
does not flinch.

She is so sweet
in a blackout
of knives.

You wouldn’t believe
she had did

all the things

they say
she did.

But
with her

lion-red body
her wings of glass

She is 

more terrible
than
she ever was

the
terriblest part

upon release

Sources: C.D. Wright: “In the Mansion Of Happiness,” (from One Big Self).
Sylvia Plath: “The Bee Meeting,” “The Arrival of the Bee Box,” and “Stings.”

NOTES

All of the poems come from the work of C.D. Wright and Sylvia Plath, specifically the books Steal Away: Selected and New Poems (Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon, 2002), The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roach, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Fire & All (Copper Canyon, 2016), and The Collected Poems (Ted Hughes, ed. New York: Harper, 1981). Individual poems will be cited with the poems they appear in.

Work that appears in this chapbook has appeared in Noble/Gas Quarterly, Emerge Literary Journal, and Plath Poetry Project.

ABOUT THE POET

Sarah Nichols lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of six chapbooks, including Little Sister (Grey Book Press, 2018), and Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, 2018). Her poems and essays have also appeared in Dream Pop, Five 2 One’s The Sideshow, Memoir Mixtapes, and the RS 500.

ABOUT THE COVER ARTIST

Meg Greene Malvasi is a writer and photographer living in North Carolina. www.littledogslaughed.com