Qualia Literary & Art Journal


The sheets faded yellow
in eggshell sunlight, slapped
maple branches, the line too low.

In the evening, the sheets
returned to the bed, starched by wind
and smelling like daylight’s musk—

geraniums dying in their pots, a fallen
wasps’ nest, three sparrows watching
a granite nymph pour viscous water, the snail
noticing its brother’s death and devouring
him, a bee’s antennae dusted with pollen, rusted
hedge clippers snapping at topiary, my husband
asking whether I’m cold resting
in damp grass beside the cobalt shed.


About the Author
Jessica Reidy is a MFA candidate at Florida State University, where she teaches Rhetoric and Composition, and is the Art Editor of the Southeast Review. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Arsenic Lobster, Quail Bell and other literary journals. She earned her BA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University where she won the Nancy Thorp Poetry Prize and the Hollins Creative Talent Award. She is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, and a traditional Romani fortune teller of mixed heritage, taught by her grandmother. She lives with her husband, Len, who she met in Ireland while she was traveling in Europe, and they continue to adventure around as much as they can. She is currently working on her first novel.

Other works by Jessica published in Qualia:
The Art of Cooking (poetry)