they made her into a real rat & she marveled at her loss of fear.

& only instinct muscles reacting that time she’d eat only bread the beautiful or the terrifying that icicle.

helen as she desires becomes capable antigone.

the power to go on falters—is it real where peaches hang

her residence temporary that probable public truth & suddenly she has the face of a specific cat.

& imparting hard meaning she shines says draw your sword.

& ghosts must do again what gives us pain.


Leia Penina Wilson is still getting used to the heat in Vegas, but loves the frequency of 24 hour everything and anything. Her book i built a boat with all the towels in your closet (and will let you drown) is recently released from Red Hen Press. You can find her on Twitter (@rakishheir).