Marie Lecrivain












Part of herself on the periphery is a wolf-woman who awakens at 3 am, fierce and sweating from dreams of rending apart the poisoned flesh of her enemies. She follows the retreating image of her dark, desperate face in the glowing disk of the Western Moon, already on a downward trajectory to escape her question: Why did you summon me? With no answers, she gifts the heavens a hairy middle-fingered salute, and with one last howl, encloses herself in a slumbering cage of meat and bone. She will awaken at dawn, confused by the musky scent of anima imprinted on the tangle of rent sheets.


© 2013 marie lecrivain







Pulvis Solaris


There are various ways to obtain

the most treasured of substances.

Stand outside for seven nights

under the auspices of Saturn and

Mercury. Count in breaths of seven

on the way to le petite mort.

Scale the seven hills of Rome

during the summer solstice.


Once you behold all

of creation in an orange halo,

you’ve attained your goal.


© 2013 marie lecrivain






Most aspirants fail at this stage.

First came the violence of birth,

the dichotomous joy of life,

and finally, the winnowing of death.

You’d think we’d be done. But, no,

we all end up in the same place,

in the palm of the Universe

ready to be crushed

and tossed back

among the stars.

What is the secret to be willing,

to welcome the walls as they close in

to pulverize what little remains?

Remember: All of this has happened before,

and will again. It won’t lessen the pain,

but it will put a smile on your face.


© 2013 marie lecrivain
















Marie Lecrivain is the executive editor-publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, a Pushcart Prize nominee, photographer, and is a writer in residence at her apartment. Her words and art have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including: Cuib Nest NidoEdgar Allen Poetry JournalHaibun Today,The Los Angeles ReviewThe Poetry Salzburg ReviewSpillway, Tree Killer InkA New Ulster, and others. Marie’s newest collection of poetry, Love Poems… Yes… REALLY… Love Poems, (© 2013 Sybaritic Press), is available through


She is also the editor of several anthologies, including the upcoming Near Kin: Words and Art inspired by Octavia E. Butler (© 2014 Sybaritic Press).


Her avocations include photography; meditation, alchemy, marmosets, H.P. Lovecraft, the number seven, and the letter S.

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