Ghosts rise and float above the envelope that spins the mothy wind.
Tonight I hear something starve –
Why do I shiver at the sight of one thin nail?
Bolt the door. Fasten the window. Draw the shade
down as the garden shadows huddle, as an eyelash closes over a rose.
-- Marcene Gondolfo’s work has been published widely in many journals, including Poet Lore, Bellingham Review, DMQ Review, Harpur Palate, Bayou, The Café Review, and Paterson Literary Review. This year, Gondoldo released her first full-length collection of poems, Angles of Departure (Cherry Grove Collections, February 2014)). Last year, the book was a finalist for the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and the Patricia Bibby First Book Award and a semi-finalist for the Washington Prize. She has taught at several northern California colleges, including UC Davis and Sacramento City College.