A parallel wife,
a friend, a wife,
two girls:  a story
of fashion.

A parallel universe
rather than real.

Each of us has nothing
significant to say.

We live dull taboos,
zippered bodies.

Approach and known. A skeleton
with sadomasochistic years.

It is hard to look without seeing.
To explore the hot extreme.

A guiding focus
on the narrow:
livelier, more daring
than power.

People turn
their bodies, still.

Carbon portraits
of pretty.

A pill
and blue skin.


*The above is an erasure poem using the following source text:
Pushing Fashion Boundaries in an Era Without Any by Cathy Horyn, FASHION, January 13, 2011. 



Jessica Piazza authored the award-winning poetry collection Interrobang (Red Hen Press) and chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press). Her latest collection, Obliterations (co-written with Heather Aimee O’Neill), is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in April 2016.  Jessica curates the Poetry Has Value blog, which explores the intersection between poetry, money and worth. Learn more at and, or on Twitter @JessWins




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