The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book Of Dirt by Nicole Santalucia

Bitchtown, Pennsylvania

Some bitch like me sets the fi re, cranks
the heat, burns the toast, swallows the flare.

The flowerpots and front lawns blaze
one little fire at a time. Flames sprout
from the gardens on Hanover Street.
Yellow fires and red fires and motherfuckers
drive trucks that are on fire. The chicken hut,
gas station, post office, and the neighbors: all on fire.

When the train passes through this neighborhood of flames
a gust of wind knocks over the bitch who lit the first match.
Her fire burns on fear. Pretty soon the black sky
swirls in fl ames and the clouds shrivel up,
dry out, and drop like dog shit

to the sides of the streets and highways
where heroin addicts are left for dead, where farmers
grow lettuce and trade sheep for shoelaces and guns,
where starving cows are auctioned
and eaten alive, and the people

confuse women for beef and love for needles.


This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.

Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book Of Dirt by Nicole Santalucia

Notes from the Commonwealth

Although I am on a diet from death
I am that abandoned warehouse
next to the farm and all the leftover inventory.
I am the broken hands and broken heads
working at the Lindt Chocolate Factory.
I am stuck in traffic.
I am the fake gold chain
hanging around my brother’s neck
and I am an unanswered phone call.
I am a long drive on Route 81
and all the cows in the field
that breathe car exhaust.
I am chewing through an electric fence.
Meanwhile, a beating heart breaks
into my house and the neighbors think I am dead.


This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.

Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book Of Dirt by Nicole Santalucia

Notes from the Commonwealth

I want to be the chicken in the front seat of that Cadillac
driving down Route 11. The chicken that reaches
for the steering wheel when there’s another chicken
in the road. The chicken that changes a fl at tire
and the chicken that doesn’t get beat up for loving
other chickens. I want to be the red feathered chicken
with white feathered chicks. The chicken with big breasts
that doesn’t wear a bra. The chicken that can actually fl y;
I’d soar over Pennsylvania, over cornfi elds,
and over the prison. I’d free caged chickens
and dig graves for dead chickens.
I’d tie a dollar to a string and catch the guards
who guard jailed chickens. I’d wear my human costume,
patrol the highways, and pull over chicken trucks.
Maybe I want to be a chicken because a chicken’s
life is short; a chicken’s panic is usually caged.
Maybe I am chicken when I don’t hold my wife’s hand
at the movies or on a walk through town. I’m chicken
when I pull my arm off her shoulder after someone
whispers, eww, homos. Chicken feathers have taken over
my face and skin and courage. I’m the chicken
craning my neck through bars and the chicken
with a broken beak.


This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.

Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book Of Dirt by Nicole Santalucia

Bitchtown, Pennsylvania

The Town of Bitch has one grocery store, one coffee shop, one
hospital, and one library. All the residents of Bitchtown wake up
early and drink Bitch Coffee (the coffee beans are from Bitches
County). The bitches go to the grocery store and fi ll their carts with
cans of Bitch Food. They stop off at the hospital to visit their old,
bitch mothers. Then they go to the library and read about how to
grow a bitch from scratch. By the time they get home it is time to
cook dinner, and by nightfall everyone in Bitchtown is lying in bed
counting bitches. They fall asleep and dream only bitch dreams.


This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.

Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Book Of Dirt by Nicole Santalucia

Keystone Ode with Moving Violation in It

The spare tire in the trunk
is flat. The rubber is rotting;
it’s covered with deer guts and my guts
and my grandmother’s fingerprints.

On the way to heaven
I’ll probably get pulled over
by the cops. I’ll scratch the blue
paint and try to pick the lock.
My ride will break down near a volcano
that looks like a giant boob.

Stranded and thirsty, I ache for one
last taste of this life, dump my shame
in the trunk of a 1989 Dodge Dart
and trespass through cornfi elds.
Out here in the middle of Pennsylvania
there are no corners to turn.


This selection comes from the book, The Book of Dirt, available from NYQ Books.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Nilsa Rivera.

Nicole Santalucia is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press) and Spoiled Meat (Headmistress Press). She is a recipient of the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Prize and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Her non-fiction and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Best American Poetry 2019, The Cincinnati Review, TINGE, Zócalo Public Square, The Seventh Wave, Gertrude, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Santalucia teaches at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and has taught poetry workshops in the Cumberland County Prison, Shippensburg Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and nursing homes. She lives in conservative-small-town Pennsylvania with her wife.

Nilsa Rivera writes about gender and diversity issues. Nilsa Rivera’s the Managing Editor of The Wardrobe for Sundress Publications. Her work appeared in the Huffington Post, 50 GS Magazine, Six Hens Literary Journal, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and Selkie Literary Magazine. She lives in Riverview, Florida with her multi-species family.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: A Brief History of Fruit by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, A Brief History of Fruit, available from University of Akron Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. A Brief History of Fruit was the winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: A Brief History of Fruit by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, A Brief History of Fruit, available from University of Akron Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. A Brief History of Fruit was the winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: A Brief History of Fruit by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, A Brief History of Fruit, available from University of Akron Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. A Brief History of Fruit was the winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: A Brief History of Fruit by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, A Brief History of Fruit, available from University of Akron Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. A Brief History of Fruit was the winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.

 

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: A Brief History of Fruit by Kimberly Quiogue Andrews


In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, this selection comes from the book, A Brief History of Fruit, available from University of Akron Press.  Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Sarah Clark.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. A Brief History of Fruit was the winner of the Akron Prize for Poetry from the University of Akron Press. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Sarah Clark is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at Anomaly, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2021), a reader at The Atlas Review and Doubleback Books, and an Editorial Board member at Sundress Press. She’s edited folios for publications, including Anomaly‘s GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms, Drunken Boat’s folios on Sound Art, “Desire & Interaction,” and a collection of global indigenous art and literature, First Peoples, Plural. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations.