The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You” by Kelly Lorraine Andrews

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“Red Moon”

He was iridescent
friendly finger fuck
in the bathroom stall

juju spellbound,
let him taste your amulet, come
onto you with adoration.

You move soft-shoe
thrumming
in the August heat
hands on your waist
mouth all agape.

Breathes into
your skin something
sepulchral and sticky
tongue rattle shaking
in your ear.

He was blackleg
to your restlessness
a cheat is a cheat is

a tired waltz
in slanted rooms
tin roof tongue,

back aisle brawler
pulling pearls til the walls
streaked, fingers numb.

He was pins to your doll
black liner round your lid,
something to strap on
and take off, a tricky clasp
that won’t fall from your neck.


This selection comes from the poetry collection I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You, available from Dancing Girl Press. Order your copy here.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews‘ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Prick of the Spindle, SELFISH, and Love Me, Love My Belly, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (forthcoming, Two of Cups Press), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (forthcoming, Porkbelly Press), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner (both from Dancing Girl Press). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She also coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and curates its Pittsburgh reading series. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found at kellyandrewspoetry.com.

Beth Couture‘s work can be found in a number of journals and anthologies, including Gargoyle, Drunken Boat, The Southeast Review, Ragazine, and Thirty Under Thirty from Starcherone Books. Her novella, Women Born with Fur, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014 as part of its Blue Bustard Novellas series. She graduates with her Master’s in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College in May, and she lives in West Philly with her husband and five cats.

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