The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: elegía elegy by Raquel Salas-Rivera


you are offputtingon
sometimes (for me) you masturbate
like covering yourself with the hand so as not to
spray all your feathers and i come
sometimes you leave flown down the bathroom path
and the curtains run
through your fingers because you fall and don’t want
on top of m(e/y) offtakings

if you play a song you’ll also quit over
received calls and i’m without receiving
decisiones i sing and you. he. act basic
your face of

or caution quitting

take it off me now and don’t offput
in exchange i won’t take off and i’ll make you
spin like offputtingonputtingoffputtingon

This selection comes from the book, elegía elegy, available from Anomalous Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Tierney Bailey.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize and the Laureate Fellowship, both from the Academy of American Poets. They are also the author of six chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. Their fourth book, LO TERCIARIO/THE TERTIARY, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Their fifth book, WHILE THEY SLEEP (UNDER THE BED IS ANOTHER COUNTRY), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019. They received their PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Raquel loves and lives for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.

Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and studies Korean in her spare time. Currently, Tierney is an associate poetry editor at Sundress Publications, a copyeditor at Strange Horizons, and a freelance graphic designer. Tierney earned a Masters Degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Tierney is most easily found screaming into the void on Twitter as @ergotierney. 

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