The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Sarah Sadie’s “Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes”

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Blue Flame, Blue Wave

My home was a shallow Cambrian sea.
Now, it’s a grit of sand, smoke from a forge,
twisted sheets still damp. This is Wisconsin.
If I tell you I still hear the surf will you

believe me, or
believe the

easy glosses, home and love,
I live how restless walls can be,
how trembly mornings before
the flare and catch, pitched

on the cliffedge
of trust, of the truest

words I ever wrote: everything
happens at once. But closer to the bone:
arrangement wedded to accident, another way
to say, I said then, doorway, escape.


This selection comes from Sarah Sadie’s chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes available no from Five Oaks Press. Purchase your copy here!

Sarah Sadie’s chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015 and a second full length collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds, is due out in spring 2016 from LitFest Press. She teaches online at the Loft and in person at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and works with poets one on one. When she’s not doing those things she’s probably off seeking endarkenment or driving her kids to music lessons. Find her multimedia blog at @sarahsadie1313

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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