V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet, the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Press, 2019), and Co-Editor of New International Voices at Ice Floe Press. She was formerly a music journalist for Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper The Charleston Gazette and a Contributing Editor of Barren Magazine. Her work has appeared in ekphrastic exhibits and journals worldwide, including EPOCH, Prairie Schooner, and Poet Lore. She has lived in Ireland, England, and West Virginia. Her website is

This piece was originally published in Dirty Chai.