The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Motherlover” by Ginger Ko


from “Gaslight”

But you’d fly into rages anyway
So even when I speak softly
How about I make myself a ghost
How about I really do what you say I’m doing
And protest with silent jowls
So if we’d lived on the moon
Where shadows don’t cross your face
As quickly as you believe
What would you have done
Would you have cut the gut
From the inadequate ribcage
What would you do to my resting bitch face
Bobbing unbelievable the accuser
Bearing up to me with your rotten
Little morsels of bonkers

This selection comes from Ginger Ko’s poetry collection Motherlover,¬†available now from Bloof Books. Purchase your copy here.

Ginger Ko is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books), and the chapbooks Inherit (Bloof Books) and Comorbid (Lark Books). Sidebrow will be publishing her second, currently unnamed full collection of poetry. Ginger is currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia’s creative writing program. You can find her online at

Staci R. Schoenfeld is a recipient of 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and Albee Foundation. She is a PhD student at University of South Dakota, assistant editor for poetry at South Dakota Review, and an assistant editor at Sundress Publications. Recent and forthcoming publications include poems in Mid-American Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Room Magazine, fiction in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, and non-fiction in The Manifest Station.

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