Issue No. 8, Spring 2014

A Hundred Costumes
Jill Khoury

She plays that mirror game
in your room. First her jawline
slides into view. Then the eye
—longlashed, melting
butterscotch—who blinked
first, her or you? Styrene
wings affix to her back.
On her sleeve a ribbon
of glitter-gold rickrack.

She wears a hundred
costumes you have shed.

An ambulance siren scalds
the night. You turn your head
toward the reflected light.
Your mind’s run riot again,
because when you look
back, she’s fled. The mirror
frames its usual scene:
one little girl, cracked lips,
grass-stained blue jeans.


Jill Khoury earned her Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Sentence, MiPOesias, Harpur Palate, and RHINO. Split This Rock picked her poem “Certain Seams,” as a third place winner in their 2013 poetry contest. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a Best of the Net award. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press.