by Theadora Siranian

[Psychology] revolves around a paradox: an early sign of sanity is the ability to recognize that you’ve been insane.
—Rachel Aviv, God Knows Where I Am

You’re putting your values on my life.
—Linda Bishop, as quoted by a hospital assistant

Now you can see the edges of it
—a great field soaked in light.

If you walk into the field, into the light,
you will never be able to leave.

The field goes on forever, the sky
is a clear ocean of glass, and the light—

you cannot tell where the light
comes from. There is nothing in your mind

that tells you not to be here, not to take your
body forward into the tall grass, knowing

well that the field and the light are endless
until they are not, and then you will reach

the edge of the field,

and leave it for great darkness.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 2.

Theadora SiranianTheadora Siranian is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Ghost City Press, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Rust + Moth, and Atticus Review, among others. In 2014, she was shortlisted for both the Mississippi Review Prize and Southword’s Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. In 2019, Theadora received the Emerging Woman Poet Honor from Small Orange Journal. She currently lives and teaches in Kazakhstan. Her chapbook, She, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. More of her work can be found at

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