About the Poems
by Daniela Olszewska
The myth poems are very loosely based on a now-lost book of Polish folk tales. Writing poems based on pre-existing narratives was a wonderfully frustrating experience. At times I felt as if the story limited the language available to me. This, of course, made me work that much harder to find words/images that: (A) excited me (B) stayed (more or less) true to the story. I highly recommend putting a myth-retelling prompt in your NaPoWriMo arsenal.
"Cloying" and "Post-Love Charm" have more of an autobiographical I/me in them than I am used to. I feel like a nineteenth century woman who is slowly getting used to the idea of showing her ankles in public (it feels pretty darn good).