The Girl Leaps into the Field as if to Burst Open like a Cloud

A valley of
broken houses – inside

a woman
who collected

rooms –

plucked
the extensions filled with

accessories

and moons.

(expanding)

Surrounded with the shadow
of mirrors, she began to

unwind

her daughter –

turned her
inside-out

pulled
her hair

through the head
of a needle

one strand

at a time.

The daughter watched.

(reflections)
A sheen crossing

her hair –

the shine
of the needle.

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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