Today's poem is by Jehanne Dubrow
Q: What's the difference between a tailor and a poet?
A: One generation.
My mother lifts a seam ripper, its miniature
hook made for a world of tiny violence.
Not only for ripping seams, she says.
There is a thread between us: we work at a
We are shirtwaist and sonnet.
She splits body from sleeve, neck from yoke.
I sift through rag paper, write down the
sound of tearing fabric.
Look. Look at the dress we sew from the shreds
of other things.
Copyright © 2015 Jehanne Dubrow All rights reserved
from The Arranged Marriage
University of New Mexico Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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