Today's poem is "Inflatable Doll as Driving Companion"
from Doll

Main Street Rag

Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in March 2010. Her collaborative work with the visual artist Jo Yarrington has been honored with a Ucross fellowship. Bridgford is the author of seven books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying, and Epiphanies, a book of religious poems.

Other poems by Kim Bridgford in Verse Daily:
December 8, 2012:   "Before Jumping Off the Bridge" "I loved to play the violin, to hear..."
September 10, 2011:   "The Elephant in the Room" "Choose another way to conduct yourself...."
August 21, 2007:   "The Chicken That Lived the Longest without a Head" " The first few days produced the most surprise..."
May 21, 2003:  "Little Red Riding Hood Grows Up" "Sometimes she feels the wolves behind her eyes..."
May 18, 2003:  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" "How can he tell them that he sees wolf-shapes..."

Books by Kim Bridgford:

Other poems on the web by Kim Bridgford:
"For the Female Suicides"
Seven poems
Five poems
"Tipping Point, 94 Hamsters"
"The Carpenter"
Eleven poems
"To Kill a Mockingbird"
Two poems
"Tightrope Walker"
"The Tree of Life"
Four poems

Kim Bridgford According to Wikipedia.

About Doll:

"If you liked Denise Duhamel’s iconic poetry collection Kinky (1997), you’re primed for Kim Bridgford’s capacious poetic history of favorite dolls—from inflatable to Matryoshka to kewpie to American Girl. In deft sonnets, villanelles, and other poems that make diligent use of rhyme, Bridgford leads with questions: 'Who is Barbie in her menopause?', 'Why not chatty Oliver or Ed?/ Pontificating Bob? Department head?' The turn to 'human dolls' in closing is this book’s culminating brilliance."
—Julie Marie Wade

"Wry in its truth-telling, Doll explores the fantasies projected onto women, the acquiescences expected, the blows inflicted. Bridgford's dolls are toys for children and adults—ragdolls that succumb to bullying bosses; an inflatable doll recognizing herself in Blade Runner’s replicant story; a broken doll head on the highway revealing 'all the types of things that we can’t stand.' Thank goodness for Bridgford’s empathetic vision and the witty resistance she finds in life and art’s 'family tree of sisters.'"
—Jane Satterfield

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