Now available: Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned

Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned, Fox Frazier-Foley When my ass swayed past them in the streets, they hid
eyes behind sacred scarves,
behind books holier than any known body
part. I was sin itself, laughing in spite. Delight. Kicking
bare feet brushed with bergamot oil, bathed in rose water,
tossing tousled, glossy hair. My body bearing precious
stones & gilded cloth as the donkey bore my bauble weight
unlike any other fancy whore & like
any fancy whore, silent
                                        in all the ways that matter most.

-- from St. Pelagia Was A Famous Dancer and Courtesan Who Converted to Christianity, Disguised Herself as a Man, and Made Pilgrimage to the Mount of Olives, Where She Died After Three Years of What Is Generally Characterized as Strict Penance, But Which She Determined to Be a Period of Self-Purification and Solitude, Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned