Category Archives: Wardrobe Best Dressed

The Wardobe’s Best Dressed: Bird of the Indian Subcontinent by Subhashini Kaligotla

 

Reading Plato

I think I’ve inherited my mother’s
aversion for the mot juste. Why say

“pregnant” when “expecting” or “carrying” will
do just as well, and bloodlessly?

Even speaking Telugu she shifts
to English and back to forego the word.

One afternoon when I was twelve
I stole to the kitchen, careful to avoid

my brother’s incomprehension
of taboo and his disregard or circumlocution.

I’m dying, I’m dying, like the Uncle
whose duodenal ulcer had burst,

the one the Doctor and Daddy couldn’t
save with liters and liters of blood.

She was not alarmed. “Here, put this
in your panties,” she said,

handing me a plump, plastic packet,
and sending me back to my books without

a word, a name, not even a stand-in
for the body’s change. Why words? What lies

in them? “Bed” is not the physical thin
of spokes and springs, not even a picture of it.

Lips meet, throat hums, tongue touches tooth, then
a final breath—thrice removed from truth.


This selection comes from Bird of the Indian Subcontinent, available from the (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Tausha Fouts.

Subhashini Kaligotla is a poet and architectural historian of medieval India. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in Creative Writing and a Kundiman poetry fellow, she has published in such journals as The Caravan, diode, LUMINA, New England Review, and The Literary Review. Anthology appearances include collections of Indian and diaspora poetry, most notably Penguin India’s 60 Indian Poets and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. Kaligotla is Assistant Professor of South Asian Art at Yale University.

Tasha Fouts is the 2018-2019 SAFTA Writer in Residence at Firefly Farms.  She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University.  Her work has appeared in Salt Hill, Bateau, Glass, Birds Piled Loosely, and Small Portions.  She is a co-founder and an editor at Packingtown Review and hosts the podcast Getting Drunk with Writers.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward




This selection comes from FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Maggie Woodward lives in Los Angeles, where she’s pursuing a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the chapbook FOUND FOOTAGE (Porkbelly Press, 2017) & earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Devil’s Lake, New South Review, TYPO, & elsewhere. Previously, she served as Senior Editor of the Yalobusha Review & curated the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, MS. You can find her online at www.maggiewoodward.com.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward




This selection comes from FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Maggie Woodward lives in Los Angeles, where she’s pursuing a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the chapbook FOUND FOOTAGE (Porkbelly Press, 2017) & earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Devil’s Lake, New South Review, TYPO, & elsewhere. Previously, she served as Senior Editor of the Yalobusha Review & curated the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, MS. You can find her online at www.maggiewoodward.com.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward




This selection comes from FOUND FOOTAGE by Maggie Woodward, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Maggie Woodward lives in Los Angeles, where she’s pursuing a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the chapbook FOUND FOOTAGE (Porkbelly Press, 2017) & earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Devil’s Lake, New South Review, TYPO, & elsewhere. Previously, she served as Senior Editor of the Yalobusha Review & curated the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, MS. You can find her online at www.maggiewoodward.com.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Body, In Good Light by Erin Rodoni



This selection comes from Body, In Good Light by Erin Rodoni, available from Sixteen Rivers Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In 2017, she won the Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and The Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Body, In Good Light by Erin Rodoni


This selection comes from Body, In Good Light by Erin Rodoni, available from Sixteen Rivers Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In 2017, she won the Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and The Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Playing One on TV by Samantha Duncan


This selection comes from Playing One on TV by Samantha Duncan, available from Hyacinth Girl Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Samantha Duncan is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including The Birth Creatures (Agape Editions, 2016) and One Never Eats Four (ELJ Editions, 2014), and her work has recently appeared in BOAATGlassMeridian, and The Pinch. She is a prose editor for Storyscape Journal and reads for The Atlas Review, and she lives in Houston.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred



This selection comes from Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two poetry books from Mayapple Press, Book of Asters and No Eden, and three chapbooks, including most recently Says the Forest to the Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2018). A recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, she is a poetry editor for The Baltimore Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg ReviewThe Missouri Review’s Poem-of-the-week web feature, The Massachusetts Review, and Kenyon Review Online.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred



This selection comes from Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two poetry books from Mayapple Press, Book of Asters and No Eden, and three chapbooks, including most recently Says the Forest to the Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2018). A recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, she is a poetry editor for The Baltimore Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg ReviewThe Missouri Review’s Poem-of-the-week web feature, The Massachusetts Review, and Kenyon Review Online.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred


This selection comes from Says the Forest to the Girl by Sally Rosen Kindred, available from Porkbelly Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for September is Kelly Lorraine Andrews.

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two poetry books from Mayapple Press, Book of Asters and No Eden, and three chapbooks, including most recently Says the Forest to the Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2018). A recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, she is a poetry editor for The Baltimore Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg ReviewThe Missouri Review’s Poem-of-the-week web feature, The Massachusetts Review, and Kenyon Review Online.

Kelly Lorraine Andrews is an assistant managing editor for the American Economic Association and an MFA graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the chapbooks The Fear Archives (Two of Cups Press, 2017), My Body Is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, 2017), I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You and Mule Skinner(both out from Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Prick of the Spindle, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. You can read more about her past and future publications and look at a slideshow of her cats at her website.

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