Issue No. 5, Summer 2013

Nicci Mechler

She leaves the room, says the floor slants too far,
brambles cartwheel through her belly.

She’s a serious woman, afraid of falling,
always straightening herself for other people.

But when she tells me she dreamt last night
of screaming, her weight shifts slightly—
she smiles.

Nicci Mechler is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Masters of English program. Her fiction most recently appeared in Rapunzel’s Daughters. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she writes, paints, and falls asleep with armloads of books.