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Lot's wife looked and became the / pillar of her community

A photograph of the poet, Domenica Martinello, wearing a fleece jacket and a t-shirt that says "I'm a Myth." The background is pink and yellow.
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What good is a backward glance?
Lot’s wife looked and became the
pillar of her community. Orpheus looked.

Now his head sings on a spike.
I refuse to be useful only
in the rear-view of my strife.

Domenica Martinello
Domenica Martinello is the author of All Day I Dream about Sirens (Coach House, 2019). She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman Prize for Poetry.

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