The Wardrobe’s Best Dressd: Janeen Pergrin Rastall’s “In the Yellowed House”


With the prick of a pin

When I was ten,
I created constellations.
I laid mimeographed star maps
over black construction paper,
pushed a straight pin
through every star’s heart.
I put a cup over Cassiopeia,
ran a pencil around the rim,
carefully cut the silver circle.
After dark, I taped my stars
to a flashlight’s head.
My edited heaven shone
on the sheet
tented between my legs.

This selection comes from Janeen Pergrin Rastall’s book In the Yellowed House, available now from Dancing Girl Press. Purchase your copy here!

Janeen Pergrin Rastall lives in Gordon, MI (population 2). She is the author of In the Yellowed House (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in several publications including: The Raleigh Review, Dunes Review, Prime Number Magazine, Atticus Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Heron Tree and The Fourth River. In 2015, she was a finalist for Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula. Wayne State University Press (2013) and Border Crossing (2014) nominated her poetry for the Pushcart Prize.

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently The Midway Iterations(Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), Fall (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015), and The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace (Noctuary Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Reunion: The Dallas ReviewMenacing HedgeLITWest Wind ReviewNinth LetterPhoebe, and others. A weightlifter, artist, teacher, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she is the Vice President and Associate Editor of Sundress Publications.

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