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

Lois Marie Harrod

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

How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth

Some days she wanted to be as honest about herself
as Frida Kahlo. Let those caterpillar eyebrows
flirt with each other until they smooched in the middle of her nose,
She would wear that mustache like gossamer, sweat
with those tacky beads on the dark hairs of her lip.
This is the way I look, she could preen, and tickle
the two cockatiels on her shoulder who would pin up
her brazen portrait on the wall while the two green budgies
on her belly would look this way and that. Me and my parrots,
she could croon, me and my parrots and my cigarette and my ring.


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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