Your Clothes

By Judith Kroll Judith Kroll
Of course they are empty shells, without hope of animation.
Of course they are artifacts.

Even if my sister and I should wear some,
or if we give others away,

they will always be your clothes without you,
as we will always be your daughters without you.

Source: Poetry (March 2000).


Poet and essayist Judith Kroll is a seminal Sylvia Plath scholar and noted translator. Kroll earned a BA at Smith College and a PhD at Yale University.
Spare and intimate, Kroll’s lyrical poems explore themes of loss and attachment. Her poetry collections include Our Elephant & That Child (1991) and In the Temperate Zone (1974). Her poetry has been anthologized in The Weight of Addition: Texas Poetry Anthology (2007), A . . .

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SUBJECT Family & Ancestors, Living, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Elegy

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