The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Carol Guess’ “F IN”


Selection from Carol Guess’ “F IN”

                                                                                               Chapter Twenty

                                                                              “They act like she was never born.”

black-and-blue houses

                                                                                                     hidden somewhere in
Central Washington

                                                                                                                                          A sister
like a boarded window. A sister like a passing train.

                      the groom’s mother blindfolds the bride

                                                                                                                               pain like a
freight train down the city’s main drag



                                                                                                              cars stay     still while

scenery change                         s

                                                                               daily violence        random and reckless

This selection is from Carol Guess’ erasure poetry book F IN, available from Noctuary Press. Purchase your copy here!

Carol Guess is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling EndangeredDoll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. Forthcoming books include How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (co-written with Daniela Olszewska), Instructions For Staging (co-written with Kristina Marie Darling), and With Animal (co-written with Kelly Magee). She is Professor of English at Western Washington University. Follow her here:

Meagan Cass is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she teaches courses in creative writing, independent publishing, and composition, curates the Shelterbelt reading series, and advises the campus literary journal, the Alchemist Review. Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Hobart Web, PANK, and Puerto del Sol, among other journals. Magic Helicopter Press will publish her first fiction chapbook, Range of Motion, in January 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.

Leave a Reply