Witchy & Weird Poem of the Week: “Finishing School” by Emma Bolden

Here the Moon-Birds will sacrifice to you, our readers, a weekly poem which has caught our eye(s)—poems which invoke, in whatever way, witchy-ness, spooky-ness, the sacred feminine, the mysterious, or the otherworldly. 


We have a guest post this week, from the dark and mysterious Moon-Bird @elizabethhermione. She has the following to say about Emma Bolden’s “Finishing School” (published in Black Warrior Review, Winter 2018):

“When I came across Emma Bolden’s poem “Finishing School” in Black Warrior Review, I immediately wanted to reread it, and reread it, and reread it.  There are great witchy undertones to this poem; in it, the speaker rejects traditional female roles and the expectation to find a husband, and ultimately ends up “toothed and rifled.”  I’m left with the image of a tough old lady on her porch, scaring away anyone who comes too close.”


Her excellent book of poetry and literary nonfiction medi(t)ations is available for purchase from Amazon and Small Press Distribution. And check out her website where you will find links to an embarrassment of riches, if by riches you understand us to mean powerful, feminine, witchy poems.

Wickedly Yours,

Baba Yaga

Follow me on Twitter: @abitunsettling

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