• Sheen

    Anna Lena Phillips Bell

    Fall 2019

    Seventeen, I slipped into a blue
    shimmer of satin, slid my card, slipped out
    of Dillard’s to my mother’s shock at the price
    and into the hope of glow—of a new
    looked-on self, chin tilted, indifferent,  
    a gleaming, silvered surface. But getting dressed,
    I spilled nail polish remover over the skirt,
    seared its shine off. In the scattered light
    of the altered gym, the sleek dress drew me tall
    as I drew in to hide the slashes down   

    Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Quarterly West, the Arkansas International, and the Southern Review.

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