I fill my hands with thread and warn
to keep them out of my head.
I allow them to knot and spread,
to twist my fingers white
that I may think in straight lines.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or
writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014 and was called a “strong and satisfying effort” by Publishers Weekly.