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Brother and Sister

Brother and Sister
Sandi Leibowitz


Fire spits envy listening
to night and you, brother,
sighing in your sleep,

restless for the hounds’ cries
hot upon your back,

restless even for the wind
of arrows flying past you, close

enough to part the short brown hairs
of your spotted pelt,

as I am restless, brother,
to grow into something new,

to step out of my child’s skin
and become a woman.

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Sandi Leibowitz writes fiction and poetry for adults and children, mostly fantasy, often based on myths and fairy-tales. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Abyss & Apex and Cricket. When not writing or being a school librarian, she performs with NY Revels, the classical vocal ensemble Cerddorion and the early-music trio Choraulos. A native New Yorker, Ms. Leibowitz shares her aerie with some ravens, two ghost-dogs and the occasional dragon.

What do you think is the most important part of a fantasy poem?

The poem! That is, it must work artistically just like any other poem—pay attention to vivid imagery, beautiful sounds, line breaks that add to the understanding of its meaning. And, just as with fantasy fiction, the theme, the heart of it, must be true—no matter how it’s gussied up with magic.