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Kristy Odelius

Impostor With Housemaid's Knee

Briefly she sees "life is terrible."

Looking out she wants the window to be

lyrical about snow, dreamy for Hitchcock,

cold cash, hot property, anything.

But, it's "wet and cold with instrumentation,"

Fountains tinkle in the distance.

She might say something

like "then, the thaw."

The smell of warm butter,

seven dollars, purple velour.

Wonderful dream!

This darkness is an apiary.

She risks saying it.

Her melancholy a fenestra,

moth's wing or transparent sting.


Kristy Odelius is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at North Park University (Chicago), where she teaches poetry and 19th century British literature. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, Combo, Versal, ACM, Pavement Saw, DIAGRAM, and others. Her work will appear this fall in the forthcoming anthology from Cracked Slab Books, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. "Impostor With Housemaid's Knee" originally appeared in DIAGRAM.