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

Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned
by Fox Frazier-Foley
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About Fox Frazier-Foley

Fox Frazier-Foley is the author of two prize-winning poetry collections: Exodus in X Minor (Sundress Publications, 2014), and The Hydromantic Histories (Bright Hill Press, 2015), which was selected by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord as the recipient of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award. She edited the anthologies Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016) and Among Margins: Critical and Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet Editions, 2016). She created and manages the micro-press Agape Editions.