A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony #2: Fingers


Undressing you without caressing you,

they’re fumbling while unbuttoning a black

cameo appliquéd new Prussian blue

dress. Chest against fierce fingertips, impact

knocks back its panting doll to tiny French

armoire, hard nipples reduced goosebumps, shards.

A velvet bodice, fallen guard, you wince,

all wet remembrance, tunnel pleasures, schoolyards,

backseats of vintage cars, even at barres,

a hollowed inner thigh correction, spied

by jealous eyes. Romanticized each touch

& terror ’til today, arched back, legs wide

an offering too minuscule to clutch.

These fingers linger, lurking, far away

at the fireplace until you will obey.

Note from the author: I’m working on a new book A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony that is about a dancer who is dollhoused, shrunken by a wizard and kept in a dollhouse a captive. It’s a collaborative chapbook involving two of my very good friends who write poems as the two other characters in the book. Justin Karcher is the wizard, and Tianna Hansen is a frenemy ballerina who sells me to him to make me small and remove me as competition.

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the nominated poet from Pensacola and a sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked magazines like Five: 2: One, Yes, Glass, Former Cactus, Occulum, Drunk Monkeys, Luna Luna, TERSE. Journal and many more. Her chapbook Pink Plastic House is available from Maverick Duck Press, and she has another Pensacola Girls from Bone & Ink Press. She has two forthcoming: Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019) and Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Press March 2019). She also has a full length upcoming Candy Cigarette from Hedgehog Poetry in April. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie), her weekly poetry column The Sonnetarium and her website (kristingarth.com).