FNS: Twin Dancers by Anne Whitehouse

Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is a poem from Anne Whitehouse


After the twins fed the alpacas
and walked them around the pen,
brother and sister would sit in silence
perched on the fence, watchful
in the New Mexican desert,
the only children for miles around.

A decade later, transformed
into tall and graceful dancers—
a stillness lingers about them.
Within their movements, a space opens,
revealing a further space beyond.


Poet, fiction writer, journalist, and critic Anne Whitehouse’s books include poetry collections The Surveyor’s Hand (Compton Press), Blessings and Curses (Poetic Matrix Press), One Sunday Morning (Finishing Line Press), The Refrain (Dos Madres Press), Bear in Mind (Finishing Line Press), Meteor Shower (Dos Madres Press) and Fall Love (novel). Recent poetry and fiction publications include The Write Place at the Write Time, Works & Days, Oddball Magazine, Art from Art (anthology), Istanbul Poetry Review, Pain and Memory and Being Human: Call of the Wild (anthologies), riverbabble, Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, and others. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University. She lives in New York City. www.annewhitehouse.com

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