Friday, June 25, 2010

"What Do Women Want?": A Poem by Kim Addonzio

Since I’ve been a bit preoccupied in recent weeks with looking for dresses for my daughter’s wedding and the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet (Check out my Three Dresses and a Wedding post for the details), I thought it would be appropriate to post a poem about a DRESS—a red dress—this Poetry Friday. (My husband loves me in red.) I enjoy the humor in Addonzio's poem--an answer to the question: "What Do Women Want?"

“What Do Women Want?”
by Kim Addonzio

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.

You can read the rest of the poem here.


At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original list poem entitled Things to Do If You Are a Lawnmower.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Art of Irreverence.

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