Household , Leslie Long

Household, Leslie Long


By Lisa Ludden


Under sky                         allow yourself to sink      tie an overhand knot       strengthen muscles         dip down, not too far        aged sun purples             skin shed to repurpose   clip stems for bud vases the silence          

the color of mud                                             you know how to surface                          callous feet to the climb                              shoulder, back—                                              hold—                                                          deepening dusk                                            tuck in lavender soil                                     bloomed scent cuts                                        just enough.



Lisa Ludden lives, writes, and teaches in Northern California. She is the author of the chapbook Palebound (Flutter Press). A finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, her poems have recently appeared in Natural Bridge, Plath Poetry Project, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She is currently at work on her first full-length book of poems.

Leslie Long is a photographer and travel writer, with an equal love for both forms of expression. Always looking for arresting images at home or away, her photographs often illustrate her articles which have appeared in the NY Post, Dallas Morning News, TimeOut NY and many other venues. She’s also created multiple photo essays for Westchester Magazine and has exhibited her photos in both solo and group shows in Westchester and NYC. Leslie lives in Larchmont, NY.