Today we present a highly touted modern poet. In her collaboration with Dorianne Laux , Kim Addonizio joined forces to compile The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, a volume that focuses on the craft and process of writing poetry. Although she writes in all disciplines, Kim admits in her words that she returns to poetry “for the sense of deep discovery and communion I find there.” Discover her words in the 51st ranked poem on our list.
What Do Women Want?
I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what’s underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty’s and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I’m the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what
I want. When I find it, I’ll pull that garment
from its hanger like I’m choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I’ll wear it like bones, like skin,
it’ll be the G**d***ed
dress they bury me in.
DO NOT FORGET DAY FOUR OF OUR CHALLENGE: TODAY’S TOPIC FOR FALL IS LEAVES.
PROMPT is listed AFTER this Reading Room entry.