Wedding Dress

By Michael Waters b. 1949 Michael Waters
That Halloween I wore your wedding dress,
our children spooked & wouldn’t speak for days.
I’d razored taut calves smooth, teased each blown tress,
then—lipsticked, mascaraed, & self-amazed—
shimmied like a starlet on the dance floor.
I’d never felt so sensual before—
Catholic schoolgirl & neighborhood whore.
In bed, dolled up, undone, we fantasized:
we clutched & fused, torn twins who’d been denied.
You were my shy groom. Love, I was your bride.

Michael Waters, “Wedding Dress” from Darling Vulgarity. Copyright © 2006 by Michael Waters. Used by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Source: Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions Ltd., 2006)

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Poet Michael Waters b. 1949

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Love, Relationships, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality, Marriage & Companionship, Desire

Occasions Anniversary

Holidays Valentine's Day, Halloween

 Michael  Waters

Biography

Poet and editor Michael Waters earned a BA and an MA at The College at Brockport: State University of New York, an MFA at the University of Iowa, and a PhD at Ohio University. Waters’s numerous collections of poetry include Gospel Night (2011), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Darling Vulgarity (2006), Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001), and Anniversary of the Air (1985). He edited the Selected Poems of A. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Love, Relationships, Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality, Marriage & Companionship, Desire

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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