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



I want to thank you for the cage you made. As you know, it fits my
narrow outlook to a T, better than the one I made myself. That
one, you may recall, replaced my original home. Those were the
days! Remember? Back then we were always fed & watered, &
could sometimes touch fingers through the bars. Forgive me for
wondering why you continue to concern yourself with my wellbeing.
I would have thought, with those instinctively kinetic &
incessantly expanding offspring, you’d have your hands full enough
with (only the best) locks & bars & other paraphernalia of affection
& concern.

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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