- Looking Glass
Evening. Lamps stage-light the cabin.Inside, the glass walls mirror their glare:
our loft bed hung in the clouds,a tabletop rising from briers. I look
murky like the undulating girlI saw while peering into the lake.
I try to see myself as dryad:arms foliage patterned, neck
textured by bark. But I don’t seepinto landscape or it doesn’t rise in me.
Outside a luna moth frets the panewhile an armadillo rummages underbrush.
To see out, I look through my shadow. [End Page 25]
Tina Mozelle Braziel, a graduate of the University of Oregon MFA program in poetry, directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her poetry has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Main Street Rag, Appalachian Heritage, The MacGuffin, and other journals. Her chapbook, Rooted by Thirst, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. She and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building on Hydrangea Ridge.