wicked alice| fall 2009

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Stephanie Martz




document every orchid


a woman swam out of my sugar

snuffed out like a cigarette butt shoved

against the dirt of a potted plant


smell the softness

touch everything lightly

kindly let

my words pass for nothing

that they really are


can you feel it when i breathe out water?

does night really entail darkness

for everything you see?


prune a rose after every cluster of five

if it doesnít have five try three

or four or even six

but never a grouping of two


orchids require feeding

that scares me i know

iíll forget the time the day

and find it brown from hunger



mother, do those pills still give you an electric ripple?

(a shake you can no longer dispel)



Stephanie Martz is an artist and writer who received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia California. Her poetry and writings have been published in the online journals [com]motion magazine,  poemeleon, Glasstire and in the print art magazine ArtLies. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and will be featured in the upcoming issue of the literary art journal Word For/Word. She currently lives, works, teaches, reads, writes and makes art in Houston Texas.