The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Susan Lewis’ “How to Be Another”



talk this over like rational actors. Convention, convection, let’s call
the whole thing off. Let’s say I went first. Let’s say you never did.
Let’s agree to be disagreeable. Let’s go play in quicksand, quickly.
Let’s not bother with the rules. Let’s not amount to a hill of beans.
Let’s order something to share, like vinegar & quicklime, a mug of
gold dust, & a deconstructed chain of command. That’s what I
thought of, but let’s admit it, the menu goes on forever, & I’ll
never appreciate what you’ve been through. Also, I promise to stay
open to new intrusions.

This selection comes from Susan Lewis’ book How to Be Another, available from Červená Barva Press. Purchase your copy here!

Susan Lewis lives in New York City and edits Posit ( In addition to How to be Another, her most recent books are This Visit (BlazeVOX [books], 2015) and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Awl, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Connotation Press, EOAGH, Gargoyle, Luna Luna, Otoliths, Ping Pong, Propeller, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Word For/Word, and Yew. More at

Marika von Zellen has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Cornell College (no, not the one in Ithaca). She’s had poetry and fiction published in Open Field, Temporary Infinity, The Grin City Monthly, and the anthology Rock & Roll Saved My Soul. As an Editorial Assistant for Sundress, she’s copy-edited the book Picture Dictionary (2014); as a freelance editor she copy-edited the photography book Face It (2013). In the summer of 2012, she attended the Grin City Collective Artist Residency in Iowa. Besides writing, she enjoys theoretical physics, playing piano, ghost-hunting, climbing trees, and drinking good Czech beer. She’s also a scholar of Lewis Carroll.


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