A brown velvet dress dips down her chest,
is worn to celebrate lines that bend and move away,
lines that expand laterally into sloped vistas.
A mother bent to lift a child that isn't her own,
but whom she bore so his head could rest on the yielding
inclination to forget himself.
Erica Maria Litz lives in Arizona with her two-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her first collection of poetry, Lightning Forest, Lava Root, will be published in the coming year by Plain View Press. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in the journals Brink Magazine, Moondance, Oranges and Sardines, Americanisado, The Superstition Review, The Caribbean Writer, and quiet Shorts. Of Colombian heritage, her poetry has been influenced by the culture and the musical roots of Latin America.
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