Issue Two: Fall 2017

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VICTORIA DYM

Woman in the Dunes

    after the film by Hiroshi Teshigahara

I lie here naked, waiting for morning
sand clings to my skin, gets everywhere
between toes, in my ears, my navel

Sweat sticks sand to breasts, face
and buttocks, particles an eighth of
a millimeter wide echo the landscape—

a rotting romantic aesthetic of erosion
magnified salt crystals that seep in, then
avalanche—sand in the wind—a chocking

burying monster.      You are climbing up
the sand dune, searching for the elusive
tiger beetle. You vanish into your own

internal sands, walk on for miles of endless
beach—sand that echoes the ripples of the
ebbing tide. You photograph, record and

artify your footprints and the sun, until
you fall into quicksand. In the stifling
desert heat, parched lips always are thirsty.


About the Author

Victoria Dym is a graduate of Ringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey Clown College with a degree in Humility, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Poetry from Carlow University. Her chapbook, Class Clown, was chosen as one of ten finalists in the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest by Autumn Hill Press and ultimately published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. A second chapbook, When The Walls Cave In, is forthcoming in December 2017, also by Finishing Line Press. Victoria lives, writes, teaches, and laughs in Tampa Florida with her cat Mook.

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