Simone Muench

Simone Muench is the author of six books, including Wolf Centos and Orange Crush, both from Sarabande. Her recent collection Suture, from Black Lawrence, includes sonnets written with Dean Rader. She is an editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, published by Black Lawrence, and creator of the HB Sunday Reading Series in Chicago. She serves as a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and as a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

“I Am Now in Love with _____”

Inspired by Kathleen Balma’s “Sonnet after Watching Blue Planet II,” write a defamiliarized, shattered, and/or pseudo-sonnet that is also an ekphrastic poem—but instead of responding to a painting, speak to a film or TV series.…


Cue the shimmering footage of girls
in white stockings strolling for orange sodas.
Then cue them to shred the sepia vestiges
of skirts once swinging like chandeliers.