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Electric Dress: Atsuko Tanaka, Electrical Dress, 1956
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Stare before it shorts out, trips and fizzes
dim, before the clattery glass can cross

the room and cool—a belle, a bride in bulbs

with a linguini train, an incandescent teapot
rat-trap clown-coat grapevine ghost.

Make it up to me! Filaments, a fitting

end, a fragile frock of udders, christmas
colored bodies of balloon dachshunds,

bound to pop, but no—they're brittle,

not one would bounce. For the face,
a wire cage, for the wrists, two clamps,

an o-ring to rope it up.

Turn it on, take it off, take it over,
turn it up—let me help you

with that switch.

Surely you are not surprised
such brightness would be so heavy?

Surely you are not too hot

and shy to smile? Careful now.
Let me help you with that switch.

B. K. Fischer  

B. K. Fischer is the author of St. Rage's Vault (The Word Works, 2013; 2012 Washington Prize), Mutiny Gallery (Truman State University Press, 2011; 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize), and Museum Mediations. She is poetry editor at Boston Review.

Copyright © 2013 B. K. Fischer
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B. K. Fischer. "Electric Dress: Atsuko Tanaka, Electrical Dress, 1956." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41.1 (2013): 245-246. Project MUSE. Web. 17 Jun. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Fischer, B. K.(2013). Electric Dress: Atsuko Tanaka, Electrical Dress, 1956. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41(1), 245-246. The Feminist Press. Retrieved June 17, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
B. K. Fischer. "Electric Dress: Atsuko Tanaka, Electrical Dress, 1956." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41, no. 1 (2013): 245-246. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed June 17, 2013).
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EP - 246
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PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
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N1 - Volume 41, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2013
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