Plasticity by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry


Pliable arms you pose us for prayer,

high collared dress, veil pinned to hair, lifelike

bend synthetic submissive knees, back blares

a voice box of holes:  “yes, sir” and “please.” Night

widens our thighs, shortens our memories 

of the paradoxical uses of

our plasticity.  Poised before ASB 

plastic pelvis, pretense of cock, true love 

with Ken dolls has rituals of which we 

must never talk.  Anoint our flexible 

joints with pearls, purchased accessory seed 

because sex, religion are extort-able

needs to heed or ignore judiciously.

We were procured for our plasticity. 

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket from Roaring Junior Press.  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