The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Alyse Knorr’s “Mega-City Redux”

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Yes, I fell in love with a woman in a screen.
An image of a woman: the Anchor. And how
is this different from The Gaze? For it is so
easy to replace her love’s face with mine. Her
lips pressed against my cheek. My words
in her ear. Each night in my narrow bed, I
dream of a series of simultaneous wives and
I dream of the Anchor. The only thing that
can wake me is morning.

For I have tried not to covet my neighbor’s
wife. Tried not to think between top of boot
and black skirt’s hem. Tried ironized yeast,
the Little Fibber Bra, the Beauty Micrometer,
and Lysol. My love-match was shipwrecked
the day I showed my dishpan hands.

Until the time came, we agreed, to do something
about it. Buffy bought the tickets, Dana
wrote our prescriptions, Xena sulked and
polished her long steel sword. Our motivations:
Reason, Rectitude, Justice, and hopeless
Love. And thus the plan: if I could make
her real, I would no longer be so dismantled.

A free drink means something expected,
something for buyer in return—we may
be from out of town, but we can still speak
the language of The Chorus, can hear—
even now, over the din of all these overpaid
20-somethings—their murmur: she wore she
said she did she didn’t she gave she asked she
took she drank she kissed—

Xena positions us between counter and claw
foot fainting couch, a lookout position for
spotting Anchor and others, like the crew of
Columbia polos who stumble in and brush
against again and again. One grabs my hand
and locks eyes, slowly licking his cocktail
cherry. He runs his tongue all around the
shiny red bulb and winks.

 


This selection comes from the poetry book “Mega-City Redux” by Alyse Knorr, which is available to purchase here from Small Press Distribution. This excerpt, “Yes I fell in love” was first published in cream city review in 2015.

Alyse Knorr is the author of Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013). She also authored the chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015) and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, ZYZZYVA, Caketrain, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University. Alyse is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press and teaches English at Regis University.

Jennie Frost is a Jewish, Appalachian poet from Maryville, TN. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Anomaly, Kudzu, Glass Mountain, Sink Hollow, Indicia, Mochila, Stirring, and Political Punch, an anthology on the politics of identity from Sundress Publications. She is a three-time winner of the Curtis Owens prize and beginning in January, she will serve as the Writer in Residence at the Sundress Academy for the Arts.

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