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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

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States of Poetry South Australia - Series One

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

by
States of Poetry South Australia - Series One

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


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