The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Alexandra Isacson’s “Narcotic Silks”


Silk Hexes

1. Sea Mysteries

In the equestrian season of sea tide & sand swept anemone, he
shared his sky glass. Beneath the curve of his raven wing, he
dazzled her breathless with the many mirrors of the earth.
Sometimes, it was the birth of stars in the nebula of Orion, & other
times, the four Galilean moons of Jupiter. By flowing silk mane of
horseback, they spiraled into the Milky Way, & he offered her the
rings of Saturn. Despite his alchemies, her poetries vexed him,
tying his mind in knots. Once he got lost in the tangle of her words
& hair & could not find the Northern Star, Polaris, without her
direction. Together, in the tether of leather reins, & thigh grasp of
horseback, she shone like Venus to his naked eye.

2. The Atlas Moth

She stole away clothed in cool moon glow. During entrancing
walks, she visited the liquid fields of the Atlas Moth. She reflected
in the triangulated windows of his wings. He exhaled silk threads
from the underbelly of his soul. In the split spectrum of alembics,
she spun herself into the skin of dancing veils.

This selection comes from Alexandra Isacson’s Narcotic Silks, available from Dancing Girl Press. Purchase your copy here!

Alexandra Isacson is an Arizona State graduate who lives and teaches in the urban Phoenix area. Her poetry chapbook, Narcotic Silks, is recently published by Dancing Girl Press. She is also the author of Poetic Anthropologies, a tribute to the visual arts & humanities, published by Medulla Press (2011). Her poetry & prose appears in PANKNew World Writing (formerly The Mississippi Review), Blink Ink, FRiGG, & elsewhere. She is a Pushcart (2012, 2010) & Best of the Net Anthology (2009) nominee.

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.


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