Mia Herman


Because the air smells different

when the light falls back


and the whoosh of the wind

after crawling into bed


and the percussion of cicadas

is an update on weather


and the roads begin breathing

when the speed limit wears off


and the creak of the floorboards

as the house winds down


and the right words come faster

when nobody says anything

Mia Herman currently serves as Outreach Director and Creative Nonfiction Editor for F(r)iction. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University, and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, most recently the Bellevue Literary Review and Minerva Rising. When she’s not writing or editing, Mia is most likely a) creating spectacular road trip playlists, b) watching obscene amounts of reality TV, or c) setting her friends up on blind dates. Follow her on Twitter @MiaMHerman.