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.” 

 

Two Poems by Rachel Statham

Time Wants Time

I’m only twenty four and the bread in the kitchen is already moldy. It’s the humidity In the years that have gone by I’ve become a weatherhead, constantly checking whether I should bring a sweater. Shipwrecking conversations, asking, “How about this heat?” It’s so damn hot On the warm nights we go out to the beer gardens and flower bars. I wear nude shoes to be sexy. I can’t even cup my liquor let alone hold it. I’ll probably sleep in my bra tonight. I want more slow motion moments, but time wants time, and this bottle is spinning. I need to cool off I sit on the dance floor and everyone gets quiet. This isn’t a declaration. This is a showcase of my talents— getting drunk and sitting down. At closing time, I exit to an unpredicted sky. Wet and embarrassed, I find a lush bush and puke on it.  

I'VE BEEN HIKING TOWARD SELF‐ACTUALIZATION FOR YEARS NOW

oh God I’m gonna be one of those people who bonds with wild animals             when figuring out my life                       while living in the woods                              during my untimely death                                     in the best years of my life                           on a vision quest                     under a blanket of only stars                 up in the mountains over the rainbow keep going             until you reach the fork                       in the trail/path/grass                             you see I’ve been hiking toward                                    nothing in particular                            just hills and valleys                      that go on                and on       and    

Rachel Statham is a librarian and writer currently living in Western Massachusetts. She is founder and editor-in-chief of MISTRESS, an online journal of poetry and short fiction by women. She can be found on the Internet @foxymulder69

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