Volume 10 (Fall 2015)

Andrea Luttrell received her MFA from NYU where she was co-editor-in-chief for Washington Square. She has been awarded a Tin House fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Russia and a SAFTA residency fellowship through Sundress Publications. Her work has been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, S/tick, Stirring, and Tinderbox. My poem “Housekeeping” was published as a limited-edition broadside by Saucebox Book Arts.

On Libations: I stopped partaking in adult beverages some time ago, and for the most part, I don’t miss it. That said, on cold winter nights, I dream about a comfy chair in a warm room where I watch the snow fall while sipping single malt scotch over ice with just barely a splash of soda.

Andrea Luttrell

The Separation

It is the time for things to end. Now,

the bitter sea that shaped the cells

will try to unmake them.

Look at your son.

Regret him. Regret

regretting him.

Do not hold the boy for too long.

Do not draw from him as from a well;

your hands are oleanders, belladonna pink.

Hold him just long enough

to catch the smell of your husband's cologne.

Hold him long enough

to let him know your love is

not seasonal like romance,

so many hearts and promises.

Your love is like the universe:

like blackness, like the void,

both full and empty, ever expanding

into what is unknown.