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Tammy Robacker

Tammy Robacker

Villain Songs

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Tammy Robacker graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2016. Tammy won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, “R”. Tammy is a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence award winner (2010). She published her first collection of poetry, The Vicissitudes, in 2009 (Pearle Publications) with generous support from a Tacoma Artist Initiative Grant award (2009). Tammy’s poetry has appeared in Alyss, FRiGG, Tinderbox, Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, VoiceCatcher, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, and many more. Tammy is a poet, teacher, and professional writer living with her fiancé in Oregon.

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Poem from Villain Songs

Villain Song for Medusa

Sometimes the green monster in me
still believes it’s a bud-pink maiden.

When I half-close my lids to dream,
the snakes uncoil from my crown.

They swish down like golden hair.
Again, my skin is young. I am fair.

I trick myself to hold love’s stare
with this bloodstone glare.

I do not blame the boys now
for being afraid of what they see.

But what other choice rose out
from heaven for me? My goddess

first-bloom plucked in Poseidon’s sea.
His seduction, my miserable ripening.