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Ciara Shuttleworth was born in San Francisco, California. She received a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College, a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from the University of Idaho. She is the author of the chapbook Night Holds Its Own (Blue Horse Press, 2016).

Sestina

You
used
to
love
me
well.

Well,
you—
me—
used
love
to . . .

to . . .
well . . .
love.
You
used
me.

Me,
too,
used . . .
well . . .
you.
Love,

love
me.
You,
too
well
used,

used
love
well.
Me,
too.
You!

You used
to love
me well.

From Night Holds Its Own. Copyright © 2016 by Ciara Shuttleworth. Used with the permission of Blue Horse Press.

From Night Holds Its Own. Copyright © 2016 by Ciara Shuttleworth. Used with the permission of Blue Horse Press.

Ciara Shuttleworth

Ciara Shuttleworth is the author of the chapbook Night Holds Its Own (Blue Horse Press, 2016).