Rapunzel Makes Her Way Out Into the World
Jeannine Hall Gailey
So Nice to See You, they said
but it wasn’t nice. I was blinded by thorn-clouds
and desert sand. I cut off all my hair.
I spent years feeling everything with my hands
to know things as they really are.
No more blindness by beauty. Now, you see me,
and my eyes are light as storm clouds in the dust.
You sing to me but it seems I am stuck in a tower.
I’m not waiting. The garden will grow high enough
for me to climb out and attack. I will ride wild
through other people’s gardens. I will sow
seeds of magic-haired infants. You will know them
by the sorrow in their eyes, the dust of their skin.
They will dissolve in your clenched fists.
Like me. So nice, they said, but it was really never true.
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Seattle-area author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011), an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist for 2012. Her third book, Unexplained Fevers, due out from Kitsune Books in late 2013, is a collaborative book of poetry and art that explores the inner lives of fairy tale characters. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She reviews poetry books for The Rumpus. Her poems have appeared in journals like The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.
Deborah Scott, a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, lives with her husband and two children in Seattle, WA. Prior to Scott’s painting career she worked as a global brand marketer with familiar brands including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Amazon.com. Scott’s work is unique, contemporary and whimsical and it can be seen in a wide range of national venues including 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA, the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, NY. www.deborahkscott.com