Most women should lose weight, he said,
in Boston Market, over a large plate of brownies
he was the only one eating. I don’t know
about the other girls, but I didn’t say fuck you
because I didn’t know he was wrong. It made sense
that smaller people would have smaller problems,
not the kind of sadness that threatens to make itself
pregnant with you.
So I went home and told my roses they would look better as rulers.
I dumped them out and went to Staples,
bought a flower pot’s worth of rulers.
They sit politely on my windowsill.
Perfect identical erect rectangles. Well-mannered. Measured.
Need no water. You can come see them if you like,
gathering light to no purpose. Beautiful isn’t it?
Beauty is a shapeless dress of a word,
one I can’t afford.
Molly Kirschner’s first book of poetry, Hard Proof, was published with Red Mountain Press in July of 2015, and was the number one bestselling book from Small Press Distribution in the month of June. Her second collection, Notes for Further Research, is forthcoming from Red Mountain Press in the fall of 2017. Her poems have been published in Off Course Literary Journal, Otis Nebula Magazine, The Broadkill Review, Crab Fat Magazine, The Legendary, Rufous City Review, River Poets Journal, Poetry Quarterly Magazine, and the Torrid Literature Journal, and have appeared in Italian translation in the literary magazine Atelier and in the journal Perigeion.