Twist Dolls by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Twist Dolls

For Sharon Cooper-Murray

Indigo, indigo

boo-hag blue,

I’m gonna put

a spell on you.

Make a yarn doll

and tie with a twist

all of the things

you’ve feared

and wished.

Closer and closer

and closer they come:

evil and good …

now, you choose one.


Linda Watanabe McFerrin is an award-winning poet, travel writer, and novelist. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council and the founder of Left Coast Writers®, she has led workshops in the U.S., Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, and Indonesia.

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