The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Lori Lamothe’s “Diary in Irregular Ink”



Our shirts will change color on cue,
we’ll order take-out with our sleeves

and if we meet for lunch in Paris
the spoons will float into our hands.

Every night the guy in the movie
will ditch the drop dead redhead

and step naked into our bedrooms.
The weather will be endless blue,

with rain falling over us like light
and darkness always raining sleep.

We’ll be 100 but look 19.
Our thighs will be thin, our lips

will be fat and we’ll all be blonde
without visible roots.

At five o’clock, when our cars
usher us into twilight

we’ll lean back
and watch the past blur by—

all seven dimensions of seeing
fanning out behind us, disappearing

faster than the velocity of perfection.

This selection comes from Lori Lamothe’s chapbook Diary in Irregular Ink, available from ELJ Publications. Purchase your copy here!

Lori Lamothe’s poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, CALYX, cream city review, Emerge Literary Journal, Seattle Review, Stone Highway Review, Third Coast, and other magazines. She is the author a full-length collection, Trace Elements (Aldrich Press), and of two other chapbooks, Camera Obscura (Finishing Line Press) and Ouija in Suburbia (dancing girl press, forthcoming 2015).

Marika von Zellen has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Cornell College (no, not the one in Ithaca). She’s had poetry and fiction published in Open Field, Temporary Infinity, The Grin City Monthly, and the anthology Rock & Roll Saved My Soul. As an Editorial Assistant for Sundress, she’s copy-edited the book Picture Dictionary (2014); as a freelance editor she copy-edited the photography book Face It (2013). In the summer of 2012, she attended the Grin City Collective Artist Residency in Iowa. Besides writing, she enjoys theoretical physics, playing piano, ghost-hunting, climbing trees, and drinking good Czech beer. She’s also a scholar of Lewis Carroll.

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