When She Went into the Field by Julia Story


She went into the field
where there were no

syllables on the air.
Though it seemed open

it had a door, and words pushed
at her feet. These pieces shook

her to her ruins: a solid
string of thoughts and

ideas: let Jesus lie down
and sleep. The hedge wove

together all of the electricity
of the deep, and she went

into the person-shaped hut
that was her life.


Julia Story is the author of Post Moxie (Sarabande Books) and the chapbook The Trapdoor (dancing girl press). She is a 2016 recipient of a Pushcart Prize and her recent work can be read in Sixth Finch, Tinderbox, and Gulf Coast. She is a Midwesterner who now resides in Massachusetts with her partner and two tiny dogs.