Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com
How To Be A Gothic Babydoll In A Beige World
In your era of Blockbuster service
the uniform consists of khaki, an Oxford
shirt, baby blue crisp you only purchase
after consulting your mental drawing board —-
how to be gothic babydoll in this beige
world. Buy bright tights or black lace, short skirts in
ecru. Braid dark hair everyday to assuage
the rebel in you, Mormon girl who’s been
forced both into sex and sexless costumes.
No one will dictate the height of your shoes
as you peruse the new release wall. Assume
you are wise, in platforms, standing tall. Use
you for recommendations, girl who stands out.
It feels important to show what you’re about.