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Melissa Studdard

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Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard is the author of I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (Saint Julian Press, 2014). She teaches at Lone Star College-Tomball and lives in Houston, Texas.

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Because her body is winter inside a cave
because someone built
fire there and forgot to put it out
because bedtime is a castle
she’s building inside herself
with a moat
and portcullis
and buckets full of mist
because when you let go
the reins
tumble over

Mind was a prison, ruby lined
in its lipstick noir—everything woman
I was expected to be, trapped between
papered walls. What they said to do, I did not
but only levitated at the burning,
the body a water in which I drowned, the life
a windshield dirty with love. What they
said to think, I thought not but