The ghosts I tried to silence
have refused absolution—
I confess my southern family soap opera,
you gasp astonished that such things
could happen in this country, this century.
I explain the art of dissociation,
the skill of imagining this hideous
cast of characters as shadow
players on a stage grown dark.
A window blows open, cold wind
whispers through the room
snuffing the candle on mantel.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a scholar, poet, and prose writer. Her most recent books areWhat I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Dr. Mish is Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University where she also serves as advisor to Red Earth Review and as a faculty mentor in writing pedagogy, professional writing, and the craft of poetry.