The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion

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 Destructive Behavior

The secret is this: there’s no way to find the pain

               before it finds you. You can’t keep a fire

for a pet or chain it to your ankle and drag

               it through your days. Worship idols

of wrecked women, but know that they can’t hear

               your prayers and you can’t hear their loneliness

with the abyss breathing so heavy on your neck.

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Paper Cotton Leather and Malak and the co-author of Book of LevitationsHer fourth poetry collection, Dear Outsidersis forthcoming from University of Akron Press. Her prose has appeared in The RumpusFourteen HillsThe Los Angeles Review, and others. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly and a professor at Kennesaw State University. 

Anne Champion is the author of She Saints & Holy Profanities (Quarterly West, 2019), The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), Book of Levitations (Trembling Pillow Press, 2019), Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013), and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017). Her work appears in Verse Daily, Tupelo Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Salamander, New South, Redivider, PANK Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize recipient, a 2016 Best of the Net winner, and a Barbara Deming Memorial Grant recipient.


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