Fantasy magazine

From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Self-Portrait as Wolf

For weeks—

gather bones.

Meander underworld.

Dig for fossils lost.

Roam restless

with yellow-orbed eyes.

Follow the fog.

Hounded, hunted, harassed,

warm-blood in wilderness.

Tune ears to hear

silence in fertile soil.

Sometimes the earth is firm

beneath the feet. Other times,

it grips, swallows, slips.

Nose in the wind,

footprints in rain,

this soft animal body

powers in dark.

Ravenous beast.

Bloom wild in the belly.

Hock, flank, fangs—

howl on all fours, four-squared.

What matters most is tinted

light in a toothless moon.

All memories erase in air.

Track familiar scent.

Stalk the way home.

Louisa Muniz

Louisa Muniz lives in Sayreville, N.J. She holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Kean University. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Journal, Palette Poetry, Menacing Hedge, Poetry Quarterly, PANK Magazine, Jabberwock Review and elsewhere. She won the Sheila-Na-Gig 2019 Spring Contest for her poem Stone Turned Sand. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net & recently her poem, Elegy for a Butterfly, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut chapbook, After Heavy Rains by Finishing Line Press was released in December, 2019.