By Sarah Wetzel

She carefully slides from the soiled sheets
sweaty from no air conditioning, pads
softly from the bedroom to dress in the dress
left draped over a chair
for just this purpose. On the floor
the young man’s clothes—
like the footprints of someone
who has just passed by
and who has as suddenly
disappeared into the distance
or the remains, she thinks, of some small
animal. He’ll wake
in a few hours, she knows, and leave
with no note. She opens the night,
steps into it.



Sarah Wetzel is the author of River Electric with Light, which won the AROHO Poetry Publication Prize and was published by Red Hen Press in 2015, and Bathsheba Transatlantic, which won the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was published in 2010. A PhD student in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York, Sarah, when she can, teaches creative writing at The American University of Rome, Italy. Not surprisingly, she spends a lot of time on planes. You can read samples of her work at

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