Slicker

By David Trinidad David Trinidad
came in a pink,
orange and white
striped metal tube,
with a black curlicue
border and a splayed
gold base.   It came
in any number of
mod shades: Nippy
Beige, Chelsea Pink,
Poppycock, Hot Nec-
taringo, Pinkadilly,
Dicey Peach.   There
were several tubes in
my mother’s makeup
drawer in the bath-
room five out of six
of us used (my father
had his own bathroom,
as forbidden as the
walk-in closet where
his Playboys were
hidden under a stack
of sweaters on the top
shelf).   All the girls
at school had Slicker
in their purses; I
watched them apply
The London Look
at the beginning and
end of each class.   I
marveled at what else
spilled out: compact,
mascara brush, eye
shadow, wallet, troll
doll, dyed rabbit’s
foot, chewing gum,
tampon, pink plastic
comb.   At home I
stared at myself in
the medicine cabinet
mirror and, as my
brother pounded
on the locked bath-
room door, twisted
a tube and rubbed,
ever so slightly,
Slicker on my lips.

David Trinidad, "Slicker" from The Late Show (New York: Turtle Point Press, 2007). Copyright by David Trinidad. Reprinted with permission of the author.

Source: The Late Show (Turtle Point Press, 2007)

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Poet David Trinidad

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Coming of Age, Relationships, Men & Women, Home Life, Activities, Indoor Activities

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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David Trinidad is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Late Show (2007), Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (2003), and Plasticville (2000), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has received awards from The Fund for Poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American . . .

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SUBJECT Coming of Age, Relationships, Men & Women, Home Life, Activities, Indoor Activities

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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