How Divine
{An Umbrella Special Feature}

Rosemary Starace

is a writer and visual artist, born in New York City and now living in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She is co-editor, with Moira Richards and Lesley Wheeler, of Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008). Her poetry appeared most recently in Orion.

More of her work can be seen online at her website.

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Each dawn I string
another night
onto my necklace of nights,

and I wear it to the market,
like Kali, with her festoon of skulls.
Boys and clerks defer to me.
Fresh women
sniff around my edges.

All night, the ticking of the clock
keeps me awake.
All day, too.

Some ladies charm with polished pearls.
I sew fishbones
from the night’s feast
onto my spent breast.