I’d be lying if I said I am not intrigued by your scent of cloves and brimstone, their intoxicating burn. Then there’s the sway of misdirection in your voice. I imagine poppies, wild honey in your kiss. Tell me more of why you’re outside my door? Where’s Adam? I heard the breeze whisper my name then catch fire—and I haven’t seen him since.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union (Feb, 2021, Mad Creek Books), 2019 winner of the Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, and Haint, winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Memorial Prize in 2020. She is a Cave Canem fellow and the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.