The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Kelli Russell Agodon’s “Hourglass Museum”


Dear Serious Museum Patrons

The Exhibition of the Universe has opened.

We understand meteors and memos
are not uncommon in your life,

but the opening of this exhibit
should not concern your comets or corsets,
your shooting standards, your To Do lithium.

Dear Friends of the Hourglass,
the Guidebook to Escaping, Friends

of the Beetle Wing Blessing or those who live
an Eventful Existence in Turbulent Times.

Dear Friends of the Briefcase,
the Wall Street Darlings in Bowties,

the Buzz Hungry. Dear Friends
of the Doohickey and Thingamajigs,

Friends Suffering with Stendhal Syndrome,
dizzy and fainting from so much art.

Dear Friends of the We-Waited-Four-Years-
For-The-Sequel, Friends who hold Roman candles
and those who sprint to a secure location.

Dear Friends of the Hectic Household,
who took their iPhones camping and found them

covered in dew, For-A-Midlife-Crisis-
Dial-1-800-POEM, Friends with an Art-Saves-

Lives bumpersticker on your Prius
and those who equate watercolor with sadness.

Friends, slapdash or somber, lucky and lucid
dreaming, we want to thank you for holding time’s
arrow and setting down your serious schedule

to look up and see the madness
organized in the stars.

This selection comes from Kelli Russell Agodon’s book of poetry Houseglass Museum, available from White Pine Press. Purchase your copy here!

Kelli Russell Agodon is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent collection is Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. Her second collection, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room was chosen by Carl Dennis for the winner of the White Pine Press Book Prize, and was also the Winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry as well as a Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize. Her other books include Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. Kelli was born and raised in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop where she received her MFA in creative writing.  Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and is a Co-Director of Poets on the Coast: A Retreat for Women Poets. She lives in a small seaside town where she is an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker who has a fondness for writing letters, desserts, and fedoras.

Emily Capettini is a fiction writer originally from Batavia, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and her fiction has appeared in places like Noctua Review and Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her critical work can be found in Feminisms in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on the Comics, Poetry and Prose (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012) and is upcoming in Neil Gaiman in the Twenty-First Century(McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015). She currently lives in Maryland.


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