A Witch's Education

A Witch's Education

by Serafina Bersonsage


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With lyrical malevolence, Serafina Bersonsage chronicles the evolution and dissolution of a literary critic-cum-storybook villain. Frustrated with the Midwest, the titular witch flees a small town for the even smaller world of academia, where she develops a crush on a dead poet and has a date in a psych ward and renames herself at a rest stop Starbucks, before venturing deep into the woods.

These poems pair well with poisoned apples and a full-bodied red.


Well before I cast a spell

they made a witch of me

an only child in a school of sisters

a wannabe Catholic turned heretic

a lonely prodigy

so my teacher said

staring down my shirt.

I was a witch every Halloween

but a vampire in first grade

on a random bored Tuesday, when I started

that particular rumor and caused a panic.

Two children were inconsolable;

the principal, furious.

My mother just poured more wine.

I started learning languages —

serpiente — and was curious

about Communion, and couldn’t wait

to taste —

Mela, melas.

My mother taught me early about palindromes

in this our Salem

where the schoolyard held my gallows, where I flew so that I would not swing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999713853
Publisher: EMP
Publication date: 06/03/2019
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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