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

Fight (I Know You Can Hear Me)

The one that’s made of time.
We took turns naming things,

which is the traditional way
lovers sharpen one another.

Point: Remember when I drove your car
for you so you could dry your nails

out the window?
What do you call that?

Counterpoint: Somewhere in the world
a snake gets lost in an endless

tunnel of its own skin after shedding
doesn’t quite go according to plan.

Nobody knows how to feel
about it. What is prey?

Well, what is plunder?
A stillness goes viral as the room fractures

into danger between us.
Come on, it’s late, you say finally,

and with such sudden gentleness
I mistake you for dawn.

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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