This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion, released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2020.
Spell for Daughters with Nightmares
You are your fathers—dreams happen to you.
Your mothers are first to feel the ruptured
breathing. They swaddle raw amethyst
(spangled mountain), put you and your sleep
on top. Fathers, footnotes, would cancel it.
Don’t let them handle that. This is the best
you can want, daughters. You’ll keep your voice
strong and young for when you need it awake.
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