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La Castiglione
Jessica Lynne Furtado
Writer of the Month

Her chameleon eye in the moon
like a crater, and hair falling in meteors
over bare shoulders. Bear with me,
and behold her – pale as starlight, 
blush gone sepia, Countess counting
blessings in prongs of hairpins,
gift of diamonds. A frame reveals her
as fragment, a mosaic to build
from scraps of fabric, strung planets. 
Cut from the oh and oh and oh of ovals
and gold trimmed mirrors, curls spun
from sugar and just as indulgent.
Her hand on the planchette, your hand
upon her, and all eyes on the lunate
of lips, history undressing slowly, in phases.  

Jessica Furtado is a poet, photographer, & owner of the popular Etsy shop All You Need is Pug, whose products have been featured in Fortune, Daily Mail, InTouch Magazine, FYI Pets, & Cesar’s Way, and whose shop was noted as an Etsy Featured Seller. Her work has previously been published under the pseudonym JJ Lynne, with photography and micro-poem collages appearing in CALYX, Muzzle, PANK, and The Brooklyn Quarterly. Her writing can be found in apt, Hobart, A Narrow Fellow, Rust + Moth, Spry, and Stirring, among others. Jessica is co-editor of poetry for the literary journal Paper Nautilus and works by day as an Early Childhood Literacy Librarian. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs.