The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Titania in Yellow by Dayna Patterson

Titania’s Adoption Papers

Please list your assets and/or gross family income:

All the trees of the forest, all the moss of river
stones, every mushroom, toadstool, lichen, all lesser
fairies, every moth, cobweb, peaseblossom, mustard
seed, every sparking star, every flower’s nectar, all
nutshells, rainwater, honeycomb, tree blood.

If you are granted adoption privileges, how will you raise your adoptive child?

With wolf howl and loon lullaby. Among birds and
maidenhair ferns. With bastions of banyan roots and
shining beetle carapaces, grounded clouds and new
lava. Among sprites, genii, phantoms, kirin, fairy
folk. Fortressed in fences of trees and walls of air.

Briefly describe your motives for seeking to adopt at this time:

Because I’ve swallowed a well full of echoes.
Because my room’s painted red and sculpted with
delicate bones. Because the space between desire
and hope is roughly 20 inches. Because mammoths
haven’t gone extinct in my veins. Because I’m an
ocean with no whalesong, a river floating empty
baskets of reeds.


This selection comes from the book, Titania in Yellow, available from Porkbelly Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Donna Vorreyer.

Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, Ruminate, Sugar House Review, Thrush, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. She has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artists Residency. daynapatterson.com

Donna Vorreyer is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013), as well as eight chapbooks: The Girl (2017, Porkbelly Press), Tinder, Smolder, Bones and Snow (2016, dancing girl press), Encantado, Illustrated by Matt Kish (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2015), We Build Houses of Our Bodies (dancing girl press, 2013), The Imagined Life of A Pioneer Wife (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013), Ordering the Hours (Maverick Duck Press, 2012), Come Out, Virginia (Naked Mannequin Press, 2011), and Womb/Seed/Fruit (Finishing Line Press, 2010).

She currently serves as a staff reviewer for the journal Stirring: A Literary Collection and Rhino Reviews. Her poetry, fiction, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Sugar House Review, Diode, Waxwing, Juxtaprose, Poet Lore, Border Crossings, Harpur Palate, and Quarterly West, and anthologies such as A Face to Meet the Faces (2013) and New Poetry from the Midwest (2015). Although she does not have an MFA, she gets an education daily in her life as a middle school English teacher.

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