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.” 


Poemby Andrea Rexilius

What does it mean to be Romantic? To wake up each night in a terror sweat dreaming about Napoleon. Napoleon un- dressing Napoleon. I dream I am Mont Blanc and contain a powerful chasm. I capture Napoleon and roll him up like a hog in a blanket. I roll him up like a little roast. Here in the poetry of passing thoughts we subside. I don't give a shit about daffodils. I don't give a shit about clouds.  

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). For four years she was the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. She currently co-edits Marcel Press with Eric Baus. This June she will be teaching in Naropa's MFA program and working as a Summer Writing Program Assistant. Her poem was inspired by the Romanticism section of a British Lit. Survey course she is currently teaching.

"UNTITLED 19, 3:00 PM - 8:30 PM, FEBRUARY 4, 2012" by Julia Dault

Two Storiesby Karolina Waclawiak