The Poetry Costume

October 6, 2007

My poetry costume consists
of voluminous red trousers:
silk, stiff on the outside,
pajama cotton lined;
theatrical black vest.

The vest suggests mobility.
Here is a women who can leap,
bend, stretch,
bound with energy. See,
the bare arms-

collecting up the sheets
of scribbled paper, see
them juggle pens,
lift the cup of coffee, triangulate
to garner favour.

My poetry costume
arrives at gigs,
arranged carefully. I smooth
the vest, fold
one red wrapped leg

around the other – run
the costume hands
through the costume hair
and wait-while clocks
of recognition

click in place.
Yes.
They nod. This
is the poet. This
is what we asked for.

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