The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: caliche untapp’d by caliche fields

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Amanda Judd, is from caliche untapp'd by caliche fields released by Fruit Bat Press in 2021.
the bee cause, that’s tea.
smooth like twirls of honey, lemon, cinnamon
and no patience for sickness


xv a HAIKU xv imbibed thru peach, meridian hive, austin, texas

caliche (they / elle / iel) is a mineral deposit of gravel, sand, and nitrates, found especially in dry areas of latin america. they are a queer sioux tejanx; enrolled with the fort peck assiniboine and sioux tribes of montana. they have lived upon the prehistoric ruins of the permian basin. they hold an ma, specializing in the poetry of sor juana inés de la cruz. they’re rooted in the interdisciplinary natures and their work dwells within the kitchen, its sciences and philosophies.

Photo credit:  Lisa Sigler Photography

After a 25-year career as a paralegal, Amanda Valerie Judd returned to school to earn her AFA in Creative Writing from Normandale Community College. She is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University working to earn her BFA in Creative Writing – Poetry. In 2020, she won the Patsy Lea Core Prize for Poetry. In 2021, her poem “My Only Label” was nominated for “Best of the Net 2021.” Her work has been published or is forthcoming in PAN-O-PLY Magazine, MockingOwl Roost, Trouvaille Review, Prospectus, and Talking Stick 31.


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