The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: The Curator’s Notes by Robin Rosen Chang

This selection, chosen by guest editor Amber Alexander, is from The Curator's Notes by Robin Rosen Chang, released by Terrapin Books in 2021.

Great Green Macaw

Garnish of world, flourish 
		of medieval manuscripts, 
you prance, one foot lifted, 

		head held high, through gold 
and silver swirls. Bedecked 
		company to kings and queens, 

chanter of wild entreaties— 
		wings slathered turquoise, 
orange-splashed, and scarlet, 

		you cross empires and seas, fly 
to forests deciduous. You caw and squawk 
		quick-witted cries. 

Oh, blessed one, festooned 
		in layers of finest plumage— 
come. Rest here, for a moment 

		on my wrist. 
Tell me how you survive 
		this perishing world. 

Robin Rosen Chang is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Curator’s Notes (Terrapin Books). Her poems appear in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, Diode, North American Review, The Cortland Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall 2018 Poets’ Choice Award, an honorable mention for Spoon River Poetry Review‘s 2019 Editors’ Prize, and a 2021 Pushcart nominee. She has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Amber Alexander, who publishes creative work as e. holloway, is a poet based in Ohio. They currently work in higher education and as an Assistant Editor for Best Of The Net within Sundress Publications. Alexander is a former Editorial Intern for Sundress Publications, former Editorial Board Member for Cornfield Review, and was a Sundress Academy for The Arts Writing Resident in 2023. Their work has been published by Cornfield Review and earned multiple awards during undergrad at The Ohio State University.

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