Death of a Beautiful Woman: the Femme Fatale*

You died too softly,
One hand on the book
The other on the glass.

Throwing the chair to the side,
Your blond hair thrashing,
All signs of how steeped over three days,
All signs of why buried in floating paper.

Your voice funneled back into your heart,
Your name forgotten,
Except by me,
I’ll write it on a burning leaf,
And sail it into the sky.


1931 - 1985

* Title from The Death of a Beautiful Woman: the Femme Fatale in the Spanish American “Modernista” Novel (thesis) by Nancy Sporta Sternbach.


About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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