Wolfpack Contributor: Rachael Ikins

Rachael Ikins followed her pen into the forest as a child. Like Gretel in the Grimm Brothers’ tale,  a wicked witch forced her to reroute through valleys so dark she doubted the existence of the sun at times. 

A fabulous wizard held her heart in his hand. They fell in love. He urged her to release poetry from her soul. 

She lost everything before she finally understood her truth: write like a motherfucker, write or die. 

For poetry was the constant through all  storms, the beloved she refused to relinquish. 

She won some prizes, published in journals and then books. When last seen Ikins was feeding pickled jalapeños to a large dragon perched on the roof of her house—a dragon who bestowed her name upon Ikins’s cat. Sister souls of fire and passion.

Rachael Ikins is a 2016/18 Pushcart nominee, 2018 Independent Book Award winner, 2021 Best of the Net nominated author/artist with 9 books. Her art has appeared across the region and in NYC, Paris, France and Washington DC. Syracuse University grad, member CNY branch NLAPW, and Associate Editor of Clare Songbirds Publishing House, Auburn, NY. 

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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