The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: That Ex by Rachelle Toarmino


I make you read The Glass Essay

I make you follow @SheRatesDogs

you use words to describe my memories
that I use to describe my memories

you pick a cat hair off my collar

I ask you how work was

we fight

we fight

we work it out or forget we’re fighting

I buy travel sizes for your place

you greet my houseplants one by one

desire replaces wonder
replaces fear
and back again

we agree solar flare
describes the feeling of your body
as it leaves my body

we agree longing
describes the feeling of our bodies
looking for one another

you say the trick is to remember
that worlds orbit heat
and you’re right

you ask if you can make your heat
less your own
and then you do

This selection comes from the book, That Ex, available from Big Lucks.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Rachelle Toarmino is a writer and editor from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the author of the poetry collection That Ex (Big Lucks Books, 2020) and the chapbooks Feel Royal (b l u s h, 2019) and Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts AvenueMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Metatron Press, Shabby Doll House, and other places online and in print, and has been anthologized in The Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry. She lives in Buffalo, where she works as the editor in chief of Peach Mag, the communications and development manager of Arts Services Inc., and a teaching artist at Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.


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