The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Carol Guess’ “F IN”


Selection from Carol Guess’ “F IN”

                                                                                                     : a pocket girl, a coin

                                                       Truth or
Dare                                                                       grape juice,
ketchup, and beer

dress should be able to get on with its life




                                             “Sometimes I lie,”

“Did you lie about Elvis?”

           listening to


                                                                                           squinting as she got hot

sleepier pretending

she was underwater




                                  swollen tire

                                                    almost impossible, explained police, to identify the driver.

                                    They told each other that although they fooled other people, they

wouldn’t lie to each other, or lie to themselves.

This selection is from Carol Guess’ erasure poetry book F IN, available from Noctuary Press. Purchase your copy here!

Carol Guess is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling EndangeredDoll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. Forthcoming books include How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (co-written with Daniela Olszewska), Instructions For Staging (co-written with Kristina Marie Darling), and With Animal (co-written with Kelly Magee). She is Professor of English at Western Washington University. Follow her here:

Meagan Cass is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she teaches courses in creative writing, independent publishing, and composition, curates the Shelterbelt reading series, and advises the campus literary journal, the Alchemist Review. Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, Hobart Web, PANK, and Puerto del Sol, among other journals. Magic Helicopter Press will publish her first fiction chapbook, Range of Motion, in January 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College.


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