Fetching My Sister / Ashley Danielle Ryle
dancing girl press, 2013
Ashley Danielle Ryle received her MFA in poetry from West Virginia University in 2011. She currently teaches composition at Somerset Community College in her home state of Kentucky.
from Fetching My Sister :
I would have no lessons to give you beyond high school.
What do these matter without a body
to be pressed hysterically against the blue car—.
This is what the girl body learns after birth: it can be
evacuated. You can run down the stairs of it.
Then smooth down my skirt and go back in.
Without one in the first place, you would have to jump
out a window. Or watch from it, open-mouthed, like
the good little ghost you always were.