About the Feature

What Lot’s Wife Said

Photograph by Daria Volkova

New Year’s Eve, 2020

turn back and
you’ll turn
to salt—

there is only ash
and the lick of flame
along your hip

the body’s a pillar
in darkness,
skin white as a moon

and a crescent of bone
like the arc of a bow
pulled taut

the sun will be new
and unwary
can melt a salt face

like the hoarfrost

About the Author

Jen Stewart Fueston is the author of Madonna, Complex (Cascade Books, 2020), Latch (River Glass Books, 2019), and Visitations (Finishing Line Press 2015). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Agni, Thrush, Western Humanities Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. A native of Colorado, she has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally.