While thinking about Leave Some Room, I found myself obsessing over the cows' hooves, the bone-colored body, and the tall thin shape—and especially the ominous, coiling wire that wraps around nose-like protrusions. Considering the piece alongside the issue theme of cream, I thought about milk; breakfast; and, growing up, my aunt's pasture full of cows. What resulted was an associative kind of poem coiled tight around a spoon. The poem is concerned with what makes up and sustains the body and with the legacies women pass to girls.
Ashley Dailey is a writer and multimedia artist from Sargent, Georgia. She mostly writes about family and the cultural legacies of the American South. Her work has received support from the Academy of American Poets and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is published or forthcoming in Sonora Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Waxwing, among others. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.