Sapphic Stanza 3 by Candace Walsh

Dinosaur egg rocks, clefts and declivities.

Virga daubs sky over mesa achingly.

Acid-green lichen. I long to be the sun’s

last rake through your hair.

Candace Walsh is a queer, multi-genre writer in her fourth year as a PhD student in creative writing (fiction) at Ohio University. She holds an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. Recent or forthcoming publication credits include The Greensboro ReviewPassengers, Leon Literary ReviewEntropy, and Akashic Books’ Santa Fe Noir (fiction); HADRoi FainéantHusk, and Beyond Queer Words (poetry); and New Limestone Review and Pigeon Pages (creative nonfiction). Her craft essays and book reviews have appeared in Brevity,descant, and Fiction Writers Review. She co-edits Quarter After Eight literary journal. A passage from her novel in progress made the longlist of the 2018 First Pages Prize.