The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Reversible by Marisa Crawford

 

You Can’t Ask Alice Anything Anymore

Rayanne Graff on Kurt Cobain: I still can’t look at him.

I found your ring in the cobwebs in my chest. Your name in needle

scratches in my arm.

Like a stigmata cause I knew you            I was in you all along.

 

On 90210 when they play Skeletons in the Closet & Amanda says

that’s cute Kelly but tell us about your real first time.

 

Angela Chase on getting over Jordan: dancing around her room to

“Blister in the Sun.”

 

You guys I found my suicide note from 1995 LOL.

 

I wrote it by candlelight while listening to The Cranberries.

Instead of killing myself I took one too many Motrin and went

to sleep.          I am glad,

 

I’m gliding.                Bricks are heavy,

 

I am calling in              teen girl.

 

Go Ask Alice on downers:  Who needs to go down when you can go

up!  Up up up up up up up.

 

Richie gave me some joints to smoke when I’m alone and I want to

be in heaven. Isn’t that nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, nice!

 

I draw flowers subconsciously it’s crazy.

 

The wet brown eyes with bangs in them on the cover look just like

my own.

 

Go Ask Alice on “She’s Leaving Home:”  I had tears dripping down

my face like two spigots had been turned on inside my head.

 

Kurt, is possession sexy?   Is it like            girl on girl.

 

Hot pink and bright forest green  and black        like your death, like

yr converse black.

 

Oh that song was written about me

and all the others of thousands of girls like me.

 

Janice B on acid:  We put it where our heart is.

 

And where our eyes go we put red candy hearts.


This selection comes from the collection Reversible, available from Switchback Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for December is Jessica Rae Bergamino.

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (2017) and The Haunted House (2010) from Switchback Books, and the chapbooks 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013) and Big Brown Bag (Gazing Grain, 2015). Her poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in BUST, Broadly, Hyperallergic, Bitch, Fanzine, and other publications, and are forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016). Marisa is the founder and editor-in-chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of two previous chapbooks: The Mermaid Singing and Blue in All Things: a Ghost Story (dancing girl press 2015). Individual poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Slice, So to Speak, West Branch, and elsewhere. She splits her time between Seattle and Salt Lake City, where she is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

The Desiring Object OR Voyager Two Explains to the Gathering Stars How She Came to Glow Among Them is available free download from the Sundress Publications website!

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