you radiated all symmetrical and i swept the stroke

Sherri Caudell


extreme elegance—damn.
an electric current is no loafer.
your rather steep appearance is saying,
“Let’s keep this murder on ice.”

i caused this dance with my rhythmical lowness of spirit.
violin passages formed like an alphabet, powerful.
i possessed a readiness for combat and inconvenience.
i convinced revolving doors of the flip side.

this was no rubber band—high comedy.
working for years on the high sea,
i learned to be a visionary of high-fives, the veins of gods,
and identity.

you did not frown—you cool operator.
i took a gamble on the Madagascar periwinkle—
weak-stemmed and creeping.
you yawned—cavernous. A dry red—


Sherri Caudell is an Atlanta poet and freelance writer with a BFA in photography from Georgia State University. Caudell lived in Brooklyn for ten years, where she interned at Harper’s Bazaar and Interview, and served as the Associate Fashion Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Caudell has exhibited her artwork at Youngblood Gallery and in various group shows throughout New York City. Caudell’s poetry has been published in The Eyedrum Periodically. She hosts Vida Voce, a monthly reading and performance series featuring women at MINT gallery. She writes art reviews and conducts studio visits with artists regularly for She is the Poetry Editor of Loose Change, a literary magazine by WonderRoot. Her favorite author is Borges and she has a cat named Emil Chaplin.