The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: The Light We Cannot See by Anne Casey

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from The Light We Cannot See by Anne Casey, released by Salmon Poetry in 2021.

One minute to midnight

check             //             her
temper      at ure      at      reg  ular
inter     vals,     alrea  dy knOw    ing    the
ans     wer // our      fell      ed be    aut      y loll  s
in fever     ish d   reams // e ach b r e a th  a lab    our:
her    l un gs  in  flame      d // all     her   art  eries slOw   ly
c  logging //    cutt  ing      of f     her legs     has not s av   ed her:
she is s  O  t  ired     no    w // e ach palp   it   at   ion of her he art
a suffer      an     ce: she ach    es ever    y w      here  for  her     l o s t
l im bs,  l im ply      gr ieving    her      be love       d dead // we check
her    temper    at   ure    at    reg    ul    ar    in    ter    vals //  alrea  dy
kn     Ow     ing  the ans   we      r: an other two   de    gr ees  & she’s
coo  ked:       cat    as    trophi  c  c  ell ul ar de       c ay // a  cute r
esp ira tor y di stre  ss      cO     me s      ne   xt, ent   ire   spec
ies       annihil      at    ion     //      Gaia  is    blee   ding   fr
O  m   h  e  r   e  y  e  s     //     fr     Om   in   s   ide:
f r O m   O ur      h and     s //     we’   re  h  e  r
k           ill           er           st           (r)
a                 i                 n

Originally from the west of Ireland and living in Sydney, Anne Casey is author of five poetry collections. A journalist and legal author for 30 years, her work is widely published internationally, ranking in The Irish Times‘ Most Read. Anne has won literary awards in Ireland, Australia, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA, most recently American Writers Review 2021 and the Henry Lawson Prize 2022. She is the recipient of an Australian Government scholarship and a bursary for her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney where she researches and teaches.

Kirsten Kowalewski is the editor for online horror fiction review resource Monster Librarian. She has an MLS and a specialist certificate in school library media from Indiana University, has worked as a children’s librarian and elementary school media specialist, and is a lifelong reader.

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