Wear nonsensical heels   investigate the suspicion of doubt
spend more time gathering   stones date a baker and learn to
taste the difference in flours   impress vermilion upon a lip
emulate spiders:   touch everything first before engaging
ask to be called Jane    collect Janes   paint the bathroom black
memorize a Basho poem that is not about leaving    call your
mother only when half-drunk   have an icon of Teresa of Avila
beside you when you call    study walls, what they keep in
eat some animal you’ve never seen   draw what that animal
tastes like     clean out the deep freeze in the basement
call your mother Elizabeth as if by mistake    attend a
Beekeepers of America meeting    read a biography about
Amelia Earhart change    the cat’s name to Amelia dream of
Icarus    pray beneath low ceilings. Maybe then.

— Anne M. Doe Overstreet, author of Delicate Machinery Suspended

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