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Contributions by Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello:

“Ghost Mantis”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Elizabeth Terhune: Inspiration. First, mantis.  Drawn up short, abruptly, thought’s space interrupted, invaded, to fixed attention, hearing: mantis.  Synonym: mystery. Ghost Mantis.  Doubles that.  Poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello: I’ve always thought of this poem as a bit scrappy, but when I saw the precisely smudged and veined edging of the mantis shape, I couldn’t help thinking of that last line as empowering and beautiful for both the mantis and the reader.

Collaborators:  Poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Artist Elizabeth Terhune is a painter. She works in oil and watercolor and makes drawings in ink and pencil.

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