house was shaped like a big U, and I could see an outdoor spiral staircase leading to an upstairs sunroom on the other side of the house, as well as my daughter’s swing set, a ranch-style fence with pink climbing roses, and a trampoline I often jumped on in my dresses when I got home from work.
(Above Right: Melissa Studdard laying on her grandmother's bed. Copyright permission granted by Melissa Studdard for this CRC Blog Post Only)
(Above Left: Melissa Studdard with her nieces on the trampoline. Copyright permission granted by Melissa Studdard for this CRC Blog Post Only)
nothing to show in the way of drafts, but I have notes I made before I wrote the poem. I was saving them to harvest what didn’t go into “Astral” for another poem. I’m going to drop them here exactly as they appear in the document, without correcting spelling or anything—you can see how quickly I was working. If something is in quotes, that means I read it somewhere and was trying to digest it.
Sailboat, "physical locomotion and changing worlds" (Above Left: Leonora Carrington's Adieu Ammen in 1960. Fair Use)
Beliefs that mirrored her own interest in occult (Above Right: Leonora Carrington's The Last Fish in 1974. Fair Use)
(Texas Review Press, 2015)
Edited by Sarah Cortez
(Above Left: Melissa Studdard in January of 2014. Attributed to Jennifer Ayers. Copyright granted by Melissa Studdard fro this CRC Blog Post Only.
Above Right: Melissa Studdard. Copyright granted by Melissa Studdard for this CRC Blo Post Only)