About the Feature

In the secret conversation between a house
and its collapse, how do you figure?

Not swan-like in
your stillness. Something

primitive and ghoulish
in your tendency to blur.

In a crowd of women
with flowering heads, how

does a neck
become a question?

A swag of sapphire hair.
A hem a hemisphere—

dear fox,
dear ghost.

Stitching threnodies.
A reeking empire.

A deer. A dough
to cut your mouth on.

About the Author

Mande Zecca’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Caketrain, Ploughshares, CutBank, and Propeller. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently lives in Baltimore, where she is pursuing a PhD in English.