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Year Forty-Nine


Year Forty-Nine
by Brittany Warman

The tower, summer
The roses twist up and up
Blooming to closed eyes

The tower, autumn
Passing hunters look away
Leaves fall, she remains

The tower, winter
A silent, gentle snow dreams
The world sleeps with her

The tower in spring
Rain shimmers through the sunlight
And all wake but one

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Brittany Warman  is a PhD student in English and Folklore at The Ohio State University, where she concentrates on the intersection between literature and folklore, particularly fairy tale retellings. Her creative work has appeared previously in Mirror Dance and been published by or is forthcoming from Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Jabberwocky Magazine, Ideomancer, inkscrawl, Cabinet des Fées: Scheherezade's Bequest, and others. She can be found online at BrittanyWarman.com.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

The majority of my ideas for stories have their roots in the folktales, fairy tales, and myths that I study in academia. I have always loved and been inspired by folklore and my work there has encouraged me to think in new ways about the oldest of stories and to then twist them into unexpected new shapes. There is always more to discover!

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