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Killing the Dress
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Like threads being pulled out
from the stamen, veiny flower,
we are undoing the wedding dress.
It hung on a hook in the bedroom closet.
It collected dust, tears, pollen.
At night, when we were sleeping,
it would slip off the hanger and wend its way
around the room.
It has spent this time festering in the dust
beneath the bed, criticizing the candle
for its somber embrace. It proclaims misery
in every dark corner.
We are killing the dress, plucking
feathers. I wish it would bleed; I wish
it would cry out as it deflates.
I wish I knew how to keep it
from acting the martyr.

Molly Sutton Kiefer  

Molly Sutton Kiefer is poetry editor at Midway Journal and runs the blog Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts An Interview Project. She lives in Red Wing, Minnesota with her husband and daughter and is working on a manuscript on (in)fertility.

Copyright © 2013 Molly Sutton Kiefer
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Molly Sutton Kiefer. "Killing the Dress." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41.1 (2013): 266-266. Project MUSE. Web. 17 Jun. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Kiefer, M. S.(2013). Killing the Dress. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41(1), 266. The Feminist Press. Retrieved June 17, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Molly Sutton Kiefer. "Killing the Dress." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 41, no. 1 (2013): 266-266. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed June 17, 2013).
T1 - Killing the Dress
A1 - Molly Sutton Kiefer
JF - WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
VL - 41
IS - 1
SP - 266
EP - 266
PY - 2013
PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/wsq/v041/41.1-2.kiefer.html
N1 - Volume 41, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2013
ER -


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