The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Gold Hill Family Audio by Corrie Lynn White

This selection, chosen by guest editor Alyse Bensel, is from Gold Hill Family Audio by Corrie Lynn White, released by Southeast Missouri State University Press in 2022.

Suck Creek Scramble

He ties a rope
		around my waist
so I can step
				into a waterfall.
		Ferns, redbuds,
						and cuckoos
weave us in.
		I delete Tinder.
At Christmas,
				we drag boxes
		of golden glass balls
						from the closet.
I sleep next to him
		like a hog
when it finds
				cold mud,
		like I’m on a boat
						taking me slow
and straight
		to death,
like an anchor chain
				when it hits
		the bottom of
						the ocean floor.

Corrie Lynn White is the author of Gold Hill Family Audio (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2022). A 2021 Tennessee Arts Commission Fellow in Poetry, she is the recipient of the 2013 Amon Liner Poetry Award from the Greensboro Review. Originally from Gold Hill, North Carolina, White currently lives in Chattanooga.

Alyse Bensel is the author of Rare Wondrous Things: A Poetic Biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (Green Writers Press, 2020) and three chapbooks. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly ReviewCream City ReviewSouth Dakota Review, and West Branch. She serves as Poetry Editor for Cherry Tree and teaches at Brevard College, where she directs the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference. 


Leave a Reply