Little White Spiders

from by Laura Dunn

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Little white spiders
crawl on the window.
There’s the sky’s stir—
call it snow.

The window turns to ice
it divides you and I—
we have to stay inside.

Little white spiders
in gowns of ice,
the ground is white
and so is the sky.

On the window I trace
the queen of snow—
if she comes inside
I’ll melt her on the stove.

Cold feels like the blue edge of a knife,
the ground’s twilight,
the trucks skidding on the road—
to be safe—become the cold.

The crowds of the empty city
won’t keep you warm,
the atoms of ice stand very far apart.
If you want to survive,
become the ice.

She stands on the road,
throws her red shoes in the river.
You can’t stop her arms from shivering.
If it’s too much to care for her,
become the winter.


from The Snow Queen: A Folk Opera, released August 8, 2014



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Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past Portland, Oregon

with Bjorkish runaway melodies and surreal lyricism, Laura Dunn and the Ghosts of Xmas Past combine banjo-driven creepy folk music with opera singers, toy pianos and rattling chains.
She sounds like "Emmylou Harris singing in a haunted house" --James Duval, Virginia Omnivore
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