States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

Friday, 24 June 2016 11:32

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Jelena Dinic reads her poem 'Alterations to the little black dress' which features in the 2016 South Australian anthology.


Alterations to the little black dress

A little pin-up
three fingers
above the knees.

Behind the curtain
a dress-up game –
pretty things come undone.

He chalks lines
on raw stitches.
I catwalk.

My body fits the timeless black.
'You can live in it, or die'
smile the lips full of needles.

Do I look a little dead
with black fabric
on bone-pale flesh?

Suddenly in the mirror
I see the last party.
This dress is me.

In the front row
button-eyes watch
a grand entrance into the hand-made hole.

Around a little black dress
the roots of the earth
grow matching belts.


Jelena Dinic

'Alterations to the little black dress' appears in 'States of Poetry - SA'. You can learn more about States of Poetry and read the full anthologies here

Read Jelena Dinic's biography in 'States of Poetry - SA'