The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Kristy Bowen’s “the shared properties of water and stars”

Kristy Bowen Author Photo

AT what point do trains that are passing each
other become the same train? At what point
do the lights rattle and dim? The blonde girl
drags a fork through her mashed potatoes
while the woman with violets in her hat hums
to the big bands and sways her hips near the
counter. At what point does a woman wait
decades for a train that has already left the
station? At what point does she fold her coat
over her arm and go home?

This selection comes from Kristy Bowen’s book the shared properties of water and stars, available from Noctuary Press. Purchase your copy here!

A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects, including the forthcoming beautiul, sinister (Maverick Duck Press, 2013) and girl show (Black Lawrence, 2013). She lives in Chicago where she runs dancing girl press & studio, devoted to paper-oriented arts and publishing work by women writers/artists.

Andrew Koch’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Connotation Press, Mojo, Rust + Moth, and others. Although a Tennessee-native, Andrew presently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and cat while teaching literature and pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.


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