Nancy Reddy

Nancy Reddy’s work has appeared in Smartish Pace, Memorious, Best New Poets 2011, Best of the Net 2011, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in composition and rhetoric.


A Theory of Disaster by Nancy Reddy

    We thought we’d passed into the after. Like firefighters who can’t outrun the wildfire and instead take shelter under blankets, breathing earth until the fire either takes them or passes over, leaving them unharmed,   we craved the clarity of disaster, the bracing cleave of before and after. […]


Bad Magic by Nancy Reddy

    It starts out simple, with blindfolds and sleights of hand. I’ll be the girl you practice on, I’ll let you pull a nest of ravens from my hair then saw me open on your mother’s couch. I’m very still.              At the reservoir, when you strip and handcuff me […]


Friendly Letter by Nancy Reddy

    My love,               my Frankenstein, I made you up. I built a model lover from the scrap heap at the neighbor’s curb on trash day, the tin cans, shattered side tables, scavenged bits not yet ravaged by raccoons. Do you remember how I wanted the moon? I swallowed […]


Ex Machina by Nancy Reddy

    The chorus girls descend, their wings a wonder             of feather and zipline. The oboes      in the orchestra pit yawn as if to gulp them whole, but the girls             are singing & so swallow down        their fear. The villain shows himself too soon & is all wrong for […]