meant to be

what begins so
must firewise—
witch, great engine,
              for example, this
exhibit: he and then
she, hypothesis—
quarrel, an apple,
final pyre.


Aran Donovan has lived in France, Italy, New Mexico, and Arkansas, but New Orleans is starting to feel like home. A recent graduate of the Arkansas MFA program and Middlebury Summer Language Schools, she was a 2012 recipient of residency at the Edward A. Albee Foundation and a 2010 Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing fellow. Her writing has appeared in such journals as Rhino, New Ohio Review, Bayou, Southern Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Best New Poets 2013, and is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills.