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


pendeja para bien
sácale el provecho porque tan alta que te sube
hasta la punta de las uñas de seis
pulgadas tacas asá
estirá tomada del asalto una cerveza liviana
un almuercito sin mucha mayonesa
ella te está haciendo un huequito
en el pre juicio

sabe tanto que no sabes de tanto
pero es claro brutilambona
porque la mides según el
despulga o repulgamiento de las cosas que pone
en su cartera sobre la rodilla
detrás del miramento

cuando ella te asalte tendrás sólo una mirada
dirás que brutilambona
pero ella por millas
te alarga las pestañas del baúl
la pintura cambiada del esmalte
de la puerta

tus decorados peores
porque no sabes
andar en puntas
por eso las nubes están tan lejos
porque sólo crees en zapatos funcionales


pendeja in the good sense
enjoy because so tall she climbs you
to the tip of the nails of six
inches heels like that
stretched taken from the hold up a light beer
a lunch with little mayonnaise
she is making you a holie
in the pre judgment

she knows so much that you don’t know much
but is of course brutilambona
because you measure her according to the
de or reinching of the things she puts
in her purse on her knee
behind the looking

when she holds you up you’ll have only one gaze
you’ll say how brutilambona
but she for miles
elongates your lashes of the trunk
the paint changed of the enamel
of the door

your worst decorations
because you don’t know
how to walk en pointe
that’s why the clouds are so far
because you only believe in functional shoes

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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