Sinister Landscape, by Valentina Cano

There is a wild forest
growing in my backyard.
Birds with flutes for voices
sing lime-green songs
through the night.
A river of stone cuts
through the forest,
fish encased within
as if in amber.
Everything is one note off,
on a syncopation I can’t follow.

About “Sinister Landscape”: “This poem is about waking up to a world that is no longer the way you left it before you went to bed. It’s about feeling out of sync with who you were just a few hours ago, and knowing that you won’t be able to find your way back. As someone who suffers from severe depression, this is what my landscape looks like on too many days.”

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.

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