Issue 2: Confession Vs. Mask
A Publication of the USF MFA in Writing Program

Is torn alike. I sometimes touched my aim,

Heather Woods


Of entering oneself.
Slashing attacks, fever
and submissions.

This is her heart, down on
my knees. 
            ‘You speak out, you.’
herself complete
& unabridged
            ‘is said to cut me
            into gashes’
Maddening sun
mesmerant rain
            reply and call
            loamy stir
up the stairs
modern temple
            sky-verse
Carrion birds
sing our spell :
            Aurora come land
             a new dig
            to dwell





Title from Aurora Leigh, book 5 verse 426.

1st quote: R.B. to E.B.B.
2nd quote: E.B.B.

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