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Fancy Pants

by Ari Chadwick-Saund


I’ve got an idea for a design

That’ll send shivers down your dykey spine.

Moraga’s there - square on the right pocket;

Poet-maven hugging ball-and-socket.

Gertrude and Alice here, by my left knee,

Stitched in silk Parisian embroidery.

Hansol Jung will rest on both my shinbones;

Imagine a stage flooded in jean tones.

I’ll put Bechdel here, high, above the hips

From where I’ll draw my queer feminist quips. 

I’ve got more: List as long as you are tall.

But I’ll need your butch to tackle it all.

Start tomorrow? And I know you’ll agree:

These fancy pants will suit us perfectly.

Ari Chadwick-Saund (they/them) is a South Asian/mixed race nationally produced playwright and multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon. Recent poetry publications include collections in Pile Press, Mythos Magazine, and Drip Literary Magazine.  They enjoy collaborating with Portland area companies; some include Literary Arts, Body Home Fat Dance, and Profile Theatre. 

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