The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Kristin Abraham’s “The Disappearing Cowboy Trick”


From Part Three of Kristin Abraham’s book The Disappearing Cowboy Trick


She speaks into her hands,

brightens, pinks;

her lips touch and feint.

For the time being

was a glove, at least

shaped like a glove,

(in which case what else

It’s not that she moves strangely

but it’s the ways she makes

her movements strange:

points to the blue constant

vein in her wrist as she leans:

skin like taut cotton, stretches.

The sound is a patch of grass

(I want to be small

(I want to live inside of it

but the vein is a soft

tract, a slight blue,

and she begins there,

at the edge.

This selection comes from Kristen Abraham’s book The Disappearing Cowboy Trick, available from Horse Less Press. Purchase your copy here!

Kristin Abraham was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. She teaches English at a community college in Wyoming and serves as editor-in-chief and poetry editor for the literary journal Spittoon (

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas ReviewWest Wind Review, HobartNinth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.

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