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

Carol Guess

Selection from Carol Guess’ “F IN”

Chapter Thirty


come to the tangle of a butterfly bush

I don’t believe you ever had a twin

years now I’ve known you as

half of something, and now I think you’ve been lying to me.”

“If I didn’t have a twin, you wouldn’t be seeing her ghost.”

ghost could be anyone.”

tide creeps in

This is imagination and this is what’s real

They swim the current

“It’s beautiful here.”

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.


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