The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: As She Appears by Shelley Wong

This selection, chosen by guest editor Samantha Duncan, is from As She Appears by Shelley Wong, released by YesYes Books in 2022.


Farewell, romantic

I choose myself.
Some can only

love once.
How true

will it be? I love
sequins, but get

the sequence

At our end, I broke
from her

& every face grew
stranger. Stranger,

speak to me
like light

through a veil.
Like a spent match

the darlings
turn to find me

& I fade
into the glitter.

A sequoia has
every vowel.

Every vow
like a closed hand.

When I’ve worn
my body down

from dancing, I still
point to the sky.

I will honor
my body, my only.

My only body,
its honor, my will.

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, May 2022), winner of the 2019 Pamet River Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, and New England Review. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in San Francisco. 

Samantha Duncan is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Playing One on TV (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018) and The Birth Creatures (Agape Editions, 2016), and her work has appeared in BOAAT, SWWIM, Meridian, and The Pinch. She lives in Houston.

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