The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: For Daughters Who Walk Out Like Sons by Komal Mathew

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Amanda Judd, is from For Daughters Who Walk Out Like Sons by Komal Mathew, released by Zone 3 Press in 2021.

Swim Lessons

The God who is there
took and divided your breath,
which you held

The God who is there
gave you a clean push of space
which you sifted

what have you left behind—
a stretched summer day?

What won’t you do
to prove
than still water

small gifts
like a creation story.

under growing waters
like you were dividing the Nile.

a tiptoe on warm pavement?
a clear view of the sun?

you want more
more than soft steps?

Komal Mathew is Gujarati-American writer from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Sarah Lawrence College, she is the author of For Daughters Who Walk Out Like Sons, which won the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry. She lives with her family in Smyrna, Georgia, where she is the co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly.

Photo credit:  Lisa Sigler Photography

After a 25-year career as a paralegal, Amanda Valerie Judd returned to school to earn her AFA in Creative Writing from Normandale Community College. She is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University working to earn her BFA in Creative Writing – Poetry. In 2020, she won the Patsy Lea Core Prize for Poetry. In 2021, her poem “My Only Label” was nominated for “Best of the Net 2021.” Her work has been published or is forthcoming in PAN-O-PLY Magazine, MockingOwl Roost, Trouvaille Review, Prospectus, and Talking Stick 31.

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