by Alexandra Seidel

Fire, take my soul, my phoenix heart other
drape them in heat, keep them safe
and leave me with nothing but this cold ash
to powder my hair, to line my eyes,
to mark the length of my tears

Alexandra Seidel writes poems and stories of the ominous, the macabre, the mythical and every so often, the comical. She swears, sometimes ideas come to her all fancy dressed with painted masks of scarlet and emerald, silver and gold. Thanks to some strangely good fortune, her work is (or soon will be) Out There: Bull Spec, Strange Horizons, Jabberwocky, Mythic Delirium and others.
Alexandra is a poetry editor for Fantastique Unfettered and Niteblade, and in between all that, she manages to keep that blog with claws: