The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Lineage by Emily Holland

My Mom Dated A Boy

My mom dated
a boy whose family
was in the mafia,
which means
on their dates down
the road to get
softserve at Humdinger
he’d pass off
a new stereo
or a gold watch
to help the trail
run cold.
Maybe this soured
her on boys:
maybe she knew
she liked girls
then—the one
taking their order
swirling ice cream
better on her
cone than his,
getting the cherry
dip just right. Only
one drip fell
on her thumb;
she was quick
to lick it off
before he could.

This selection comes from the book, Lineage, available from Dancing Girl Press & Studio.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Natalie Giarratano .

Emily Holland is a lesbian poet pursuing her MFA at American University. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and two Pushcart Prizes. She has work appearing or forthcoming in publications including bedfellows, Screen Door Review, FOLIO, and Nat. Brut. Her poems explore themes of queerness, place, familial lineage, and investigate the Southern pastoral. She works at The Writer’s Center, where she is currently the managing editor for Poet Lore.

Natalie Giarratano is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Beltway PoetryTupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and American Literary Review, among others. She edits and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her partner and daughter and is the city’s poet laureate.


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