Segments by Stefanie Bennett

The coat-hanger! he said, watch the coathanger!
Garments become it: become you.
The way you dangle your jacket. Drape
Your coiffure. Just you watch
Those conclusions.

The hat-rack! she said, watch the hatrack!
If it’s vacant the bandana accuses.
If not, what is it you hide? Is it distasteful?
There’s a quality here. Either way
Watch the two-sided coin.

The casket! they said, watch the casket!
Is it expensive? Is it humbling? Your
Manners seal the self. Watch
The splinters. Go! die directly on a Sunday.
Watch them love you for it –.

Stephanie Bennett

Stefanie Bennett has published several books of poetry, a novel & a libretto… tutored at The Institute of Modern Languages & worked with Arts Action for Peace. Of mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was bourn in Queenslans, Australia. Her latest poetry title is “The Vanishing.”

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