The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Her Kind by Cindy Veach


This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Her Kind by Cindy Veach, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.

Reasons You Might Have Been
Accused of Being a Witch in 1692

You are a woman. You are middle-aged.
You have an extra nipple, mole, freckle
(or basically any other mark on your body).
You stumble over your words.

You have an extra nipple, mole, freckle.
When asked to say a prayer
you stumble over the words.
You are married but don’t have children.

When asked to say a prayer
you are the envy of other people.
You are married but don’t have enough children.
You associate with someone suspected of witchcraft.

You are the envy of other people.
You are perceived as bitchy.
You associate with someone suspected of witchcraft.
Your milk spoiled.

You are perceived as bitchy.
You are of low status.
Your milk spoiled
(or anything vaguely negative happened to or around you).

You are of low status.
You have any mark on your body.
Your milk spoiled.
You are a woman. You are middle-aged.

Cindy Veach is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press) a finalist for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a Massachusetts Center for the Book ‘Must Read,’ and the chapbook, Innocents (Nixes Mate). Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-DayAGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore and Salamander among othersCindy is the recipient of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the Samuel Allen Washington Prize. She is co-poetry editor of MER (Mom Egg Review). 

Kirsten Kowalewski is the editor for online horror fiction review resource Monster Librarian. She has an MLS and a specialist certificate in school library media from Indiana University, has worked as a children’s librarian and elementary school media specialist, and is a lifelong reader.

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