Lady of Shalott and other poems

by Valentina Cano


Lady of Shalott
My house’s lock seals under my hands.
Metal spreading into metal.
I fall back,
away from the door as it is
slowly covered in razor-wire ivy.
Ready to take me apart.
Ready to make an ocean of blood at my feet.
I look away,
wrap myself in silence.



Fear is a wet rag on her forehead.
The weight of it,
repetitive and churning,
grows by slow degrees.
A boiling pot.
A nightmare syrup being born.



Papers pile in front of me,
a loud tower
teetering on meaning.
I imagine the words spreading
like tar over the table,
covering my hands in darkness.
They’d burn everything,
peeling wood and
skin with ease.



Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, A Narrow Fellow, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, Spark Anthology, Awaken Consciousness Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Caduceus,White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize.You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com



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