"When you wash it, you have to touch it like a cake you test for doneness. Any harder than that and the night is ruined. You have to comb it by whispering the word "comb" over her head or she'll clock you and you'll spend the next hour talking her out of her room. Alyce's hair is something you can't get too near. She wears it like scuba gear, like a space suit"
--from "Alyce's Hair."
Julie Otten's work has appeared in Atom Mind, Poetry Motel, and Longshot. She was a feature of The Minty Fresh Pirate Issue (Pavement Saw 6).