Issue No. 17, Summer 2016

Brunnhilde’s Solo

Uncrushed on the velvet
fainting sofa, I rise in flash

and glint. An evening gowned
for gold lament. I’m a German

opera braided with heavy blonde
plaits and tragi-songs of longing

and parting. But I’m secretly
detached. My performance is

metallic. I’m steadying my head
to ignite the stage. Helmuted

in halo spotlight, whole notes
immolate my golden throat

with verse and flame. Heaven’s
about to blow. And God? He’s dead.


Tammy Robacker won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, R. Her second poetry book Villain Songs is forthcoming with ELJ Publications in 2016. Tammy published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, in 2009 (Pearle Publications). Tammy’s poetry has appeared in Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, VoiceCatcher, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy lives in Oregon. www.tammyrobacker.com