The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Sandra Marchetti’s “A Detail in the Landscape”

Sandra Marchetti for The Wardrobe

Sur l’herbe

You miss it, craning
away from verdancy.

Pause in this place
while I glaze you;
my head tilts
a direction you can’t read.

Green leaves drape
a frame of velvet.

Don’t move:
you can’t see
you are a strange
portrait.

Like Manet,
I strain each stroke
of cup and nape
to show I can,

then muddle you
toward the boughs to sway
in wilderness already named.

This selection comes from Sandy Marchetti’s book A Detail in the Landscape, available from Eating Dog Press. Purchase your copy here!

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length poetry collection forthcoming from Gold Wake Press. Eating Dog Press published an illustrated edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, in 2014, and her chapbook, The Canopy, is available from MWC Press. Sandy also won Second Prize in Prick of the Spindle’s 2014 Poetry Open and was a finalist in Gulf Coast’s Poetry Prize. Her work appears in The JournalSubtropicsThe Hollins CriticSugar House ReviewMid-American Review, Thrush Poetry JournalGreen Mountains ReviewSouth Dakota Review, and elsewhere.

Andrew Koch’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Connotation Press, Mojo, Rust + Moth, and others. Although a Tennessee-native, Andrew presently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and cat while teaching literature and pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.

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