The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Hexenhaus by Sarah Nichols

This selection, chosen by Guest Editor Jordi Alonso, is from Hexenhaus by Sarah Nichols, released by Milk & Cake Press.

The Motionless Daughter (Susie)

After Suspiria (2018)

My horror is

it awakens my
motionless daughters,

the feet which
by themselves.

I speak the language of darkness.

old, old, a collapse of
women and

painted gods.

My body, that nurse of

a house so

only I

see it

Note: This is a found poem. Source: Freud, Sigmund. “The Uncanny,” in Psychological Writings and Letters. Sander L. Gilman, ed. Alix Strachey, trans. New York: Continuum. 1995, 121-153. Print.

Sarah Nichols lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of ten chapbooks, including Press Play for Heartbreak, a memoir about music told in micro essays, forthcoming from Paper Nautilus Press this year. It was also one of the winners for that press’s Vella Chapbook prize last year. She writes frequently on the intersection of pop culture (or any culture, really), and memory, and is just as devoted to film as she is to words. Her work can be found in Everything in Aspic, Drunk Monkeys, Moonchild Magazine, and any of the nine chapbooks she’s had published over the years.

Jordi Alonso holds a BA from Kenyon College, an MFA from Stony Brook University, and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri where he studied nineteenth century British literature, classical reception in the Victorian era, and ancient Greek. He will begin his studies towards an MA in Classical Studies at Columbia University in the fall. His first book, a collection of erotic poems inspired by Sappho, Honeyvoiced, was published by XOXOX Press in November of 2014. His chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook was published in 2017 by Red Flag Press. He is currently writing a third book of poems based on ancient Greek divination practices at Delphi.

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