Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: September

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke, "The Breeze" (1910)

Ms. September September’s kohl-rimmed eyes at cabaret, her turtleneck in black, the color wrong. But will she listen? No, this is her song, the little room now falling, flows away. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: August

MMI Nude laying over book

Ms. August Downstream in August, down the heron flew, straight through the secret bower where we stay in ferny waterfalls, safe from the day, forgotten as her words, a fonds perdu. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: Ms. July

July

Ms. July July, come find me in the fish’s gill. July, come splash and tip my quick canoe. July, come whisper who is kind and true. July, come when you willow, if you will. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: June

Brooks, Printemps

Ms. June Where is the girl of June who skipped and ran along the feather lane of birdy hill? I’d like to give her my last daffodil. She’s lost on river road where she began. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

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Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply wanted her to love a man she didn’t. Skewed her voice to fit their plan. Left May alone with her peculiar ache. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: April

Cronin

  Ms. April When April weeps, the tears drip on her toes, the water rises in the jade-stone lake, a blue jay shakes the red-bud blooms awake, in rainy light, the green grass rosy glows. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: March

Zanele Muholi

Ms. March On windy nights in March, her stars align, like satin stitches neatly placed in rows, and for a moment, though the rough wind blows, her needlepoint is part of the design. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: February

damewithflowers

Ms. February Make me the heart of February, please, her sweet and frilly be-mine valentine, shot through and through with love incarnadine and holy scented essence of heart’s ease. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily dressed […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: January

janelewis_JapaneseBlind

Ms. January All January wanted was a home, and not these crows, and not these frozen trees, limbful of snow. It was a home, with these: a door to close, a chest of drawers, a comb.   A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: December

harkness

Ms. December Outside December’s window howls the bark rolled endlessly, big ocean’s opal foam, then silence. Then she thinks of her shalom, then longs for home, then hears the morning lark. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]