Sep/Oct 2018 • Vol. XL No. 5 PoetrySeptember 1, 2018 |

Rewriting

Only in fairy tales is disaster averted.    —Shara McCallum A girl child is born. She is brown. She reads a book. She kisses her first boy. He calls her snow; she calls him charming. She has sex with him—in retrospect considers consent. Sic transit Gloria; glory always fades. She is lamb; she is slaughterer. She has sex with him again. She does this when she’s date raped; fucks him five times to prove to herself she wanted it. She falls in love with an alcoholic. It’s cliché, and all she’s ever wanted was to be wanted. She tells no one. She forgets to tell herself. She writes a book about a woman—a girl child, who is brown.

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Chet’la Sebree is the author of Mistress, forthcoming from New Issues Press in fall 2019. She was the 2014–16 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry and has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Gulf Coast, among other journals.

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