The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Sarah Sadie’s “Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes”

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Turns out, a book of poems isn’t worth
the cost of an organized cake, the effort
of folding chairs unfolded, the drive through rain.

How many times the same refrain and again:
women should send their poems out like men—
Easy as pie. Piece of cake. Said no one who ever baked.

I send my poems out all right.
Like candy at Halloween, cake at a bake sale.
I bury them in the backyard and pray for rain.

Come on over to my kitchen. Cake’s in the oven.
It’s raining outside but it’s warm in here.
Turns out, that’s my poem.

Turns out, that’s all my poems, ever.
Cake, from scratch, and almost done.
It’s raining outside but it’s warm in here.


This selection comes from Sarah Sadie’s chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes available no from Five Oaks Press. Purchase your copy here!

Sarah Sadie’s chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015 and a second full length collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds, is due out in spring 2016 from LitFest Press. She teaches online at the Loft and in person at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and works with poets one on one. When she’s not doing those things she’s probably off seeking endarkenment or driving her kids to music lessons. Find her multimedia blog at @sarahsadie1313

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration, has curated The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications and written poetry reviews for Stirring: A Literary Collection. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, and her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. She teaches literature and writing at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, and if she is not teaching, writing, or editing, she has probably just gone to make some more espresso.



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