The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Ready or Not by Robin Wright

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Amanda Judd, is from Ready or Not by Robin Wright, released by Finishing Line Press in 2020.


In the seventies, I envied girls who wore
halter tops and hot pants. Hippy chicks

who wound their hair into a spiral
of desire, waiting to unfurl at a touch,

wearing the space of long-haired guys,
dressed in tie-dyed t-shirts and Levi jeans.

I stood wrapped in a leather jacket,
raked my fingers across the fringe.

Robin Wright lives in Southern Indiana. Her work has appeared in One ArtAs it Ought to BeThe DrabbleThe New Verse NewsBombfire LitYoung Ravens Literary Review, Olney MagazineRat’s Ass ReviewMuddy River Poetry Review, Sanctuary, and othersShe is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her first chapbook, Ready or Not, was published by Finishing Line Press in October of 2020.

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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