Nancy Reddy

Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, and Acadiana (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Blackbird, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

Golden Hour by Nancy Reddy

    When they lift the baby to my chest, his skin’s still slick with clots of vernix. The soft plates of his skull are compressed into a cone, and his dark hair is damp with amniotic fluid. I inhale the unwashed funk and watch as this tiny naked mammal […]

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 […]