The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Lois Marie Harrod’s “How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth”


From Lois Marie Harrod’s chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth


He’s off, he’s really off, he’s so far off he’ll never
come down, been off for a week now, no, two
weeks, the water’s deep, he’s so far gone he’ll
never come up, he’ll probably be off the rest his
life, off to Omega and no insurance.

I’m off too, she said. Outtahere–off, if he comes
home oiled again. Get off of me, she said, I mean
if a man is going to act like that, I’m gone, away,
off the shelf, absentee, off before you off me off
like a sock, you’re off your rocker, you know
that?  Off your nut. Off your trolley, call 911.

That’s way off, he said, just because I’m off the
wagon doesn’t mean I don’t love you no more.
Oh yeah, she said, Oh yeah, he said, and he took
off his shirt and cuffed her.

I’m off, she said, I’m really off, and she should
have gone, she should have gone.


This selection comes from Lois Marie Harrod’s chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth, available from Dancing Girl Press! Purchase your copy here!

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State).  She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on

Leslie LaChance‘s poems have appeared in Quiddity, JMWW, the Best of the Net Anthology, Apple Valley Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, The Birmingham Poetry Review, Slow Trains, Free Lunch, Chronogram, and Appalachian Journal. She also edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. Her chapbook, How She Got That Way, appears in the quartet volume Mend & Hone from Toadlily Press.


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