The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Footnote by Trish Hopkinson

This selection, chosen by Guest Editor Jordi Alonso, is from Footnote by Trish Hopkinson, released by Lithic Press in 2017.

Rumi said, Poetry Can be Dangerous*

like a swan
dive into a sonnet,
balancing blank
verse while posing
for William Tell,
dueling pistols
of Haiku, in five,
no seven, ok five,
& parachuting
couplets falling
from cockpits
found on the wings
of flapping poets.
cinquain snipers
sit atop

sestina sky
scrapers & aim
for iambic secret
agents, each with
five feet with
only two toes.
Lyrics & limericks
eat tanka Twinkies
& smoke epic
cigarettes, chase them
down with bourbon
ballads & shoot

*after Rumi’s The Book of Love: Poems
of Ecstasy and Longing

Trish Hopkinson is a poet and advocate for the literary arts. You can find her online at and provisionally in Colorado, where she runs the regional poetry group Rock Canyon Poets, curates the Poetry Happens series for KRCL 90.9 FM, and is a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal. Her poetry has been published in several lit mags and journals, including Sugar House Review, Glass Poetry Press, and The Penn Review; her third chapbook Footnote was published by Lithic Press in 2017, and her most recent e-chapbook Almost Famous was published by Yavanika Press in 2019. Hopkinson happily answers to labels such as atheist, feminist, and empty nester; and enjoys traveling, live music, and craft beer.

Jordi Alonso holds a BA from Kenyon College, an MFA from Stony Brook University, and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri where he studied nineteenth century British literature, classical reception in the Victorian era, and ancient Greek. He will begin his studies towards an MA in Classical Studies at Columbia University in the fall. His first book, a collection of erotic poems inspired by Sappho, Honeyvoiced, was published by XOXOX Press in November of 2014. His chapbook, The Lovers’ Phrasebook was published in 2017 by Red Flag Press. He is currently writing a third book of poems based on ancient Greek divination practices at Delphi.


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