From the editors: We’re happy to welcome back writer and artist Joyce Hayden. Her poem “Miscarriage” appears in her chapbook Lost Handprint, published by the Dandelion Review. You can read an excerpt from her memoir The Out of Body Girl here.
Yours is the death the tribe doesn’t recognize,
the death I witnessed alone.
By the time you hit the sheet,
you were ashes. I won’t forget
how cold that summer turned after
you melted or how my days developed
sharp edges or how, with time passing,
you grow older. You’re the girl I wasn’t
convinced I wanted, and there’s no
name for the landscape I stand on.
Joyce Hayden left her university teaching job two years ago in order to pursue her own artistic work. An assemblage artist, painter, and writer, Joyce is currently in the process of acquiring an agent to represent her memoir, The Out of Body Girl, which describes her 8 year relationship with a charismatic gambler and the dangerous road that eventually led to her freedom. Her chapbook of poems, Lost Handprint, is available from Dandelion Review. Joyce writes the weekly column “Must Reads” for Roar. A freelance editor and writing coach, Joyce’s writing services and a selection of her artwork can be found at her website joycehayden.com. Joyce is available for commission art work, including celebration shrines for loved ones and pets.
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