The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Reversible by Marisa Crawford

Kurt & Courtney

It was 1994 and I started having this feeling.

Like I was being electrocuted.

Like underneath my hair it was a bald person’s head.

And underneath my head was a skeleton.

I got a motherfucking hole in my embroidered hippie backpack.

I sewed a Grateful Dead skull patch over it with my own two
hands.

There are a lot of things that fell into that hole.

So many things that I lost there.

My Hello Kitty mood ring.

My other mood ring.

The Kiss t-shirt that Courtney Love shoplifted in high school.

The baby-blue baby-doll shirt I stole from the mall.

All our favorite songs & their best lines.

My spine. A three-pronged peace sign.

The pen you had that looked like lipstick.

The pen you had that looked like a syringe.

I have a skeleton underneath my skin. I am serious.

My veins are a really pretty shade of blue.

I was just daydreaming.

I was stargazing, headbanging.

I dove into the pool with all my jewelry on.

Like I was a puzzle in all my facets.

Like something famous was happening inside my body.

I curled my fingers to make a heart.

I wrote you a love letter.

In denim blue ink.

In denim blue.

Torn up jeans with holes in the knees.


This selection comes from the collection Reversible, available from Switchback Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for December is Jessica Rae Bergamino.

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collections Reversible (2017) and The Haunted House (2010) from Switchback Books, and the chapbooks 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013) and Big Brown Bag (Gazing Grain, 2015). Her poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in BUST, Broadly, Hyperallergic, Bitch, Fanzine, and other publications, and are forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016). Marisa is the founder and editor-in-chief of the feminist literary/pop culture website WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of two previous chapbooks: The Mermaid Singing and Blue in All Things: a Ghost Story (dancing girl press 2015). Individual poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Slice, So to Speak, West Branch, and elsewhere. She splits her time between Seattle and Salt Lake City, where she is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

The Desiring Object OR Voyager Two Explains to the Gathering Stars How She Came to Glow Among Them is available free download from the Sundress Publications website!

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