plain china: best undergraduate writing

Volume One : Issue Two

Utah: Silk Worms


by Zoë Goehring

Granite Park Juniper by K. Angeline Pittenger Granite Park Juniper by K. Angeline Pittenger

The silk worm women
gather up leaf nests
in their aprons. Stitched

shut, warm bellyfuls
of murly earth,
they spin thin threads

from their wombs
so full and rustling
with sweet decay

of dusty cocoons—
spinning in warm
circles on cold mornings.

About the Author


Zoë Goehring

Carnegie Mellon University

Zoë Goehring, a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon, is part Tucson desert and part small-town Vermont. She now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she writes, makes art, and attempts to play the banjo.