Poetry Month #9: Poem by Jane Vincent Taylor & Sarah Atlee’s Subversive Stitchery

The White Corduroy Bathing Suit

after Sarah Atlee’s Subversive Stitchery

The sound of a metal foot clacking down upon the fabric,
white small-whale corduroy, the whir of cotton thread
basting a wide stitch first for the fitting
then saddle tight for the final seam. White Corduroy.

She’s adapting a tap dance costume to make a prize
bathing suit. Simplicity had no swim wear patterns.
Truthfully, it’s a little beauty contest.

The suit has three simple pieces plus a zipper
unlike April’s Easter dress with fourteen
sequenced blocks, strips, smocked
bodice and lazy-daisy stitches on the belt.

I sit cross legged under the cutting table
writing my stories
held together by feather stitch, chain, keyhole, eyelet.

Once there was a girl
who cared not for contests.
Beauty was a zig zag thread.
Days were made for stitching sentences.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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