The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Kelli Russell Agodon’s “Hourglass Museum”

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Distant Horizons


Early morning and I find beauty
in imperfection. Rain. Fog.

Too tired to sleep, I become a wanderlust
in cardboard shoes.


Success: its usefulness is overrated.


A friend comes over with a Ouija board.
It spells out: Bourbon. Where’ s the band?

Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you can’t
have fun.


Poem: a form of negotiation for what haunts us.


There’s a ghost in my home,
but we’ve named her Tilde
as punctuation can’t hurt us.


Sometimes I slip on the wet chattermarks
during a long walk where I’m lost
in my head and I find myself
pleasurably disoriented.
This happens in poetry too.


Keep the faith and trust in so far as possible.


When the wind pushes clouds
out of the sky’s solo, I realize I’m spellbound
watching the evergreens in my yard
lean backwards, a jazz quartet.


We learn how not to break, but bend gently.

This selection comes from Kelli Russell Agodon’s book of poetry Houseglass Museum, available from White Pine Press. Purchase your copy here!

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books include Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli was born and raised in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop where she received her MFA in creative writing.  Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets. She lives in a small seaside town where she is an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker who has a fondness for writing letters, desserts, and fedoras.

Emily Capettini is a fiction writer originally from Batavia, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and her fiction has appeared in places like Noctua Review and Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her critical work can be found in Feminisms in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on the Comics, Poetry and Prose (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012) and is upcoming in Neil Gaiman in the Twenty-First Century(McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015). She currently lives in Maryland.

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