Those aren’t locusts

cascading from the sky

but paper confetti

cut from a hand-clasp

fanning of pretty patterns.

Up there, her silhouette

cast on the cardstock

moon, her wolf ear hood

accepted for gospel

glorying in the rituals

shedding like skin

with gusto, pasting

onto pages under plastic.

It felt like love just

to see it that one time.


Luanne Castle

Luanne Castle’s Kin Types (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award. Her first collection of poetry, Doll God, winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was published by Aldrich Press. Luanne has been a Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside (PhD); Western Michigan University (MFA); and Stanford University. Her Pushcart-nominated poetry and prose have appeared in Copper Nickel, TAB, American Journal of Poetry, Verse Daily, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Lunch Ticket, River Teeth, The Review Review, Broad Street, and other journals. An avid blogger, she can be found at She divides her time between California and Arizona, where she shares land with a herd of javelina.

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