Arachne by M. Lynn Johnson

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Arachne by M. Lynn Johnson

She wove a web to bind us And muttered spells to blind us White fingers in white wool Spinning round and round, The spindleÌs whorl The earthÌs twirl. Clockwise, counter-clockwise Round her cottage now we go Trundling through our dreams. Plague of destinies, a spiderÌs spies Who knew her tales were nothing but lies? M.

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Brambles by Amanda Downum

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Brambles by Amanda Downum

Dusk tarnishes the light when I find the faerie woman, caught in brambles at the edge of the forest. Thorns snag her wine-dark velvet cloak, tangle in russet curls. Her eyes widen as eye approach. A wood-wife, foolish enough to wander too near a witch’s snare. She flinches away from my iron, my sweat and

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Cinder Road by Patricia Russo

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Cinder Road by Patricia Russo

The beasts were of every sort, with deep fur and shy tongues, shimmery feathers and speeding hearts, soft skin and timid feet. All of them gave heat. Even the snakes were warm, their bunching muscles slow and easy under my hand. My fingers fell in love first, then my palms, then the insides of my

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Coffee Date by Leah Bobet

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Coffee Date by Leah Bobet

They go out for coffee on Saturdays the princesses, thirtyish, crowns askew, in sweaters they knitted themselves, on Saturdays, between talking shop, pass the sugar, shoot the shit. There comes a point in a woman’s life where the dragons just get smaller or don’t come by, smoke-sniffing, anymore or you realize they’ve all been seen

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How a Tree Transforms to Wood by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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How a Tree Transforms to Wood by JoSelle Vanderhooft

Before her foliate nativity, her crèche was the cedar breaks the sweep of robin wings, the limbic pulse of shock-headed polycephalum and great dog stinkhorns blossoming like dark tulips in the hot bed where she rose— tall-headed, green and spindly as a question mark drinking light as through a straw. Then she was single, nutrients

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