by Mari Ness

Glass slick-smooth beneath my hands,
I bite into the mountain to hold my grip,
feel glass shatter my tongue. No
spell-shoed horse for this princess. I
walked through old bones to reach this place.
I will swallow every splinter.


Mari Ness has published poetry and fiction in numerous places, including Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, and inkscrawl. Her epic retelling of the saga of Helen of Troy, Through Immortal Shadows Singing, is forthcoming from Papaveria Press. For more information about her work, you can visit her official blog at, or follow her on Twitter at mari_ness.

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