Kelly Corinda’s Poem Leads Us Into a Desert of Enchantment

Each month, we select a stand-out work submitted by a ModCloth customer to our Written Wardrobe page to feature on Story by ModCloth. This month’s Written Wardrobe feature comes to us from  Kelly Corinda


The Desert

By Kelly Corinda

I wait in a house in the desert
With a pink dress fluttering
Out the window.
There is cold water
From the faucet
And short thick glasses
On the table.
I wear my eyes like amulets
And get familiar
With the unfamiliar flowers.
I sip tequila and watch.
I become a pair of sandals
On a soft salt flat.
A girl comes up to me
Wearing a necklace of
Figs and fire, and puts
A lime slice in my mouth
With the shimmering
Comet tail end of a laugh.


ww_secondary-images-200x200Kelly Corinda is a poet from Long Island who likes dresses, card games, and sweet basil. In 2012, she won the Julia Carley and Edna J. Herzberg prizes for poetry. She will appear in the short film ‘The Wanted Ad,’ debuting at the 2014 New Jersey International Film Festival. Her poetry can be found in Similar Peaks, The Mayo Review, Lyre, Lyre, and Revolution House, as well as on her Tumblr. She thinks you should write poetry too.


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