How To Be A Gothic Babydoll In A Beige World by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry

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

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.