A Poem for a Thursday #71

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Kim Addonizio is an American poet and novelist. I didn't find a lot of information about her but I do like this poem that I stumbled across. I read it through three times which is my completely unscientific way to determine if I should feature a poem. If I read it multiple times in a row then there is something special about it.

I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
I want it sleeveless and backless,
this dress, so no one has to guess
what's underneath. I want to walk down
the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store
with all those keys glittering in the window,
past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old
donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers
slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,
hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.
I want to walk like I'm the only
woman on earth and I can have my pick.
I want that red dress bad.
I want it to confirm 
your worst fears about me,
to show you how little I care about you
or anything except what 
I want. When I find it, I'll pull that garment 
from its hanger like I'm choosing a body
to carry me into this world, through
the birth-cries and the love-cries too,
and I'll wear it like bones, like skin,
it'll be the goddamned 
dress they bury me in.

"What do Women Want?"
Kim Addonizio

Here is the poem Reese is featuring this week.


  1. Love it!
    The perfect poem for the weekend of International Women's Day too :-)

    1. It is a great poem. I have discovered so many poems in the last year or so.