The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: 28,065 Nights by Katie Manning

Which Way Do You Want to Go?

I ask this question more than you might think, mustering my best Muppet
voice. And now my 4 year old watches Labyrinth as I did at his age, and I am
becoming you: shuffling around the kitchen in the same style of open-toed
house slippers that you always wore, baking chocolate rolls or biscuits. Yes,
which way? The blue hands insist on an answer. Sometimes I look down at
my hands and see yours kneading the dough. I would choose this if I had
a choice.

This selection comes from 28,065 Nights, available from River Glass Books. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Erin Elizabeth Smith.

Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and her fifth chapbook, 28,065 Nights, is newly available from River Glass Books. Her poems have appeared in American Journal of Nursing, december, The Lascaux Review, New Letters, Rogue Agent, Stirring, THRUSH, Verse Daily, and many other venues. Twitter Handle: @iamkatmann

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in Guernica, Ecotone, Crab Orchard, and Mid-American. Smith is a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Tennessee.


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