He finds the coils of lilacs along the edge of my neck. There is something about that man and his guitar, he says about Garth Brooks and I nod shaman-peaceful. Maybe I am no longer a fire burning in a thoughtless field gathered by armfuls of mystery and sex. Maybe I am no longer a well concluded by rain or all the men who left. There. In the distance I can see the finishing of a long way here. He can be the current that moves the hair of sirens and that is enough.
Anna King Ivey is currently working on her PhD in poetry at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and she is the Director of Student Support Services at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy. Her book, Into the Leftover Blue, was published by Another New Calligraphy in 2016. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, as well as Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology. Some of her publications have been featured in So to Speak, The Unrorean, Antithesis, Stone Highway Review, Sukoon, Dirty Chai, and West Trade literary magazines, among many others. She was offered a fellowship by the Summer Literary Seminars to attend a writing program in Lithuania in 2008 and 2013. She has also been published academically in the Ellen Glasgow Journal of Southern Women Writers, Florida English, as well as in The Apalachee Review.