Umbrella’s lighter offshoot

Luisa Villani

is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in poetry.

Her work has appeared in The New England Review, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review and other literary journals.

She teaches at the University of Southern California.

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        I sit on the ledge of a reclined book
little buzzard-kneed creature,
        with my hands on my door-knob
knockerswaiting for a good hush
        and a click . . .
Look: the pen touches her lip . . . time
        to rub my pewter jaw, time to flick
the carbon sparks from my spiked hair
        and let them prick. “An idea is like
an itch, she thinks. Yes. Good. Good.