Introduction to Witchcraft








Always these young women in search of power,

their eyes rolled back in their heads, midriffs exposed.

Always some girl with a candle in a dark room –

and poof, her face brightens as she achieves

some moment of bliss. The raindrops around her freeze


in midair, the wolves stop baring their fangs, and for a moment

the young girl marvels at her own invincibility.

But then it’s fire, fire, always someone with a stake or a knife

ready to do her in. She is a spark about to go out.







Photo by Hery Zo Rakotondramanana on Flickr


About Author

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Seattle-area author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011) which is an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist. Her poems were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Crab Orchard Review; she reviews books for The Rumpus. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University.

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