Says the Forest to the Girl // Sally Rosen Kindred

Currently available for pre-order! Estimated release: May/June 2018.


Sleeping Beauty Says Goodnight to Little Red

I won’t sing you to sleep, don’t ask me.
I know—torn hood, wet bread, your upturned basket
of stars—how hard it’s been: nights

in the wolf’s blood woods, and before,
in the oven of your mother’s womb.
I was a girl, too, before I went to bed.

I woke to this—motherless: bare head, tight dress—
a prince who could buy my life back with a kiss—
but when it starts to get dark in my fingers, I remember.

Nights now, I fall into some closed oak door
that’s not there. I’m unwelcome in dreams.
Some nights I have the prince for sleep

and that’s like a door, but stranger. Here,
child, lie down. No songs.
A lullaby is a broken cup waiting to slice your lip.

Close your eyes, hope for a hundred years.
Your hands are cold: I’ll hold them. Now go
from me: I’m unwelcome in dreams,

even yours. Sleep will cover the trees, their teeth
and eyes—sleep will leaf over the throat of blood
that dreams you back down. Sleep will come

and cover what we’ve lost: the bodies
of girls bending like trees in a dark wood.
Let’s not speak of it. Let’s not sing.

about the poet

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two poetry books from Mayapple Press, Book of Asters (2014) and No Eden (2011). Her chapbooks are Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) and Garnet Lanterns (2005), winner of the Anabiosis Press Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and has received two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, and Kenyon Review Online. She lives in Maryland with her husband, sons, cats, and a dog named after the moon.

cover artist

artist» Alexandra Eldridge
title» “Subtle Bodywork”

Alexandra Eldridge, born of artist parents, received her BA in Art and literature at Ohio University. She co-founded an establishment for the arts, Golgonooza, based upon the philosophies of William Blake. She has had over 40 solo shows, and has participated in many group shows throughout the U.S. as well as many international exhibitions.


Poems in this chapbook originally appeared in: The Adroit Journal, Border CrossingBramble & Thorn (Porkbelly Press, 2018), Cold Mountain ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewGoblin Fruit, Heron Tree, TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Through the Gate, and Thrush. Four poems in this chapbook have been nominated for Rhysling Awards in various years (and are included in editions of Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Poetry).

books from other presses

Book of Asters (Mayapple Press, 2014)
Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013)
No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011)
Garnet Lanterns (Anabiosis Press, 2005)