I almost killed a man a year ago in Bostonhe
lugged my trunk up three flights of stairs.
In the vintage boudoir of rose wine & chocolates,
breathless, he rested beside a voluptuous
canopy iron-framed bed. I poured him a drink,
& his spirits lifted. He touched his forehead
with a cotton cloth, making small talk & asked.
I had packed my whole Lower East Side summer in there.
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 PANK, New 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.