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Since 1996 Volume XXI


Eileen Malone

 

Eileen Malone's poetry has been published in over 500 literary journals and anthologies, a significant amount of which have earned awards, i.e., three Pushcart nominations. Her award winning collection Letters With Taloned Claws was published by Poets Corner Press (Sacramento) and her book I Should Have Given Them Water was published by Ragged Sky Press (Princeton). Her short stories have been published in literary as well as mainstream magazines and she is also a nonfiction book author: The Complete Guide to Writers Groups, Workshops, and Conferences (Wiley).

 

 

MAKING LACE

 

 

My grandmother told me

darning patterns on net

makes lace

 

all you need

is a single thread of floss

so fine you would think it was spun

by an albino weaving spider

 

a silver needle sharp and pure

as rubbing alcohol

 

a stolen porcelain thimble inlaid

with peridot crystals

 

the soft, hopeful light

of an amber enamel lamp

 

a cobalt glass goblet of

sweetened carbonated water

flavored with birch oil and sassafras

 

and of course you do need to submit

to the white, trembling

unanswerable logic

of making lace embroidery

on mosquito netting

 

it helps to have an armful of doves

lavender-necked, shy, quiet

fluttering gray brocade

wings on your roof

 

not to mention the kindness

of a good man who never leaves

scuff marks across your

newly polished wood floors.

 

 

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