Monday, August 1, 2022

Hair, Kristin Garth

When Bundy’s arrested in Pensacola,
you’re five, young enough to have survived, though 
not completely intact.  Long brown bourgeois 
hair, middle parts attract evil, Mother knows,
and so it goes, long locks lopped to a safe 
Dorothy Hammill wedge.  Old enough to pledge,
through tears, to grow it back, once you  escape 
a Mormon culture where it’s always alleged 
your body is to blame — for any male-
induced indignities or pain.  Short hair 
won’t stop your body horrors, nor the jail
which holds one misogynist though there 
are others, free, who teach you prayers 
that you will not tempt them with your hair. 

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist, the author of a short story collection You Don’t Want This (Pink Plastic Press), The Stakes (Really Serious Literature) and many more books.

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