“What roots she has her own” by Marisca Pichette

In the forgotten tower
she reads a library

forgotten worlds in
forgotten pages like and

nothing like her own.
Her forgotten room is small,

lined with shelves she reads
twelve hundred worlds together

holding her place with endless
strands of wheat-gold hair.

Sitting in her web of forgetting
she tugs, ties, binds

her forgotten present
to a thousand futures


Marisca Pichette‘s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, PseudoPod, and PodCastle, among others. Her speculative poetry collection, Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair, is forthcoming from Android Press in Spring 2023.