Two Serious Ladies is a small online magazine to promote writing and art by women.

The magazine was created in 2012 by Lauren Spohrer, who regrets how slowly she responds to submissions.

It’s named for the 1943 short novel by Jane Bowles. The novel contains the line:

“I wanted to be a religious leader when I was young and now I just reside in my house and try not to be too unhappy.” 


from Mist Netsby Stephanie Anderson


Parrots announcing

                          Dinosaur hooks on wing crooks

Life upon life
              Insect chords
A fork-tailed wood nymph

You say A double-toothed kite?

                                                Pink bulbs

You say Fishtail palm

                                     Large leaves dropping
A march of holes across a leaf

                  Scanning for monkeys

You say I don’t like the sounds here

You say We can use that leaf as sandpaper to smooth
You say Can you tell ruddy?

You say Someone said that about passenger pigeons

You say Rail in the trail
You say Over here, who is this?

                     A cooperative spider web

You say Up in the tangle?
You say There’s something flycatching

                                                     A rusty see-saw

You say What’s green with a yellow belly?
You say Why do we call ours oxbow?

            A summer kitchen
A coquette
A long-tailed tyrant

            Frolicking between the chiggers

Another kind of nightjar
                                     The call dropping from major to minor
                      A high whistle

You say I do like talking to owls
You say It is the hour of commotion

You say Because it happened after dinner


You say I remember the name, so I know I saw it


You say That was the black-throated
You say What about fruit?

                                                            Masked crimson

You say Female, in the morning


You say That’s actually all about the birds


You say One of my toes is still wet

                                                            Silver water against early

Rain, a rooster-call
The sweet swept air

              Thunder fall

You say Again, again, don’t go by the name

                                                            Honking the bends
A new kind of monkey

The mountains greening at approach

You say Like dirt’s going to do any good and stay

              A police checkpoint
              The grass dried gold

Filtered light
              Clay brick
An alphabet chalked

              A woman weaving
Ruins down

Trees arrow-straight against the severe slope

Two poles holding hay against the hill

                          A pink house

You say We didn’t check in on the vultures

                                     A city lined with hillside stars




                                                            Double-faced ring


                  The weighted hand

You say An armada of whales


You work a more elaborate list


One shade meeting another


Stephanie Anderson is the author of four chapbooks, including In the Particular Particular (winner of the 2006 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Prize) and The Nightyard(winner of the 2009 Noemi Press Chapbook Prize). A full-length book, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments, is forthcoming in Summer 2013 with Horse Less Press. She edits Projective Industries.

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