Parachutes have risen
and structures of fashion
have shifted in the foyer.

Prestigious and versatile,
the concierge collects
luxury gifts. She drinks
the beverage before her,

sucks air too loudly to sigh.
A carnage of orchids
dries on Spanish tile. A red
pepper turns in the bowl.

The room yawns and fragments
of this odd assemblage fall from
the tongues of the terrace. No
word is offered to frame reflections
found in the lobby mirror.

The solstice swaggers the turn
of the screw to her jaw. A concert
of anarchy plays on her dress falling
open just above the knee.

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PEGGY DOBREER won Downey Symphony Orchestra’s, Poetry Matters 2016 Contest, and currently has two poems in the Leimert Park Anthology Redux, Tsehai Publishers for Harriet Tubman Press. She has one pushcart nomination from Cadence Collective, and two books with Moon Tide Press: Drop & Dazzleand In The Lake of Your Bones. Peggy is a long time educator and former dancer, who offers E=Mc2Bodied Poetry Workshops in a variety of school, community, and retreat settings. She was a Program Director for AROHO2015, A Room of Her Own Foundation, for Women Writers in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Peggy is one of ten poets to be featured in the first Aeolian Harp Folio Series by Glass Lyre Press. Her poetry has been published inCultural Weekly,The Rise Up Review, Pirene’s Fountain, For the Love of Words, Mas Tequilla Press, The Nervous Breakdown, Cracked Pavement and Plastic Trees: Our Gifts to Future Generations, Everything About You Is Beautiful, Literary Angles, The San Pedro River Review, WordWright’s Magazine, Malpais Review,and LA YogaMagazineamong others. She is upcoming in a handmade, Letterpress volume, from the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles at Occidental College, edited by Suzanne Lummis. Peggy has been interviewed for Poetiscape, The Nervous Breakdown, The Poet’s Café on KPFK, and the L.A. Poetry Examiner.She is proud to be included in Matthew Mars’ Haiku Remix Projectand has hosted readings at venues in LA for 15 years. For contact information please visit her at

One response to “A Dress to Die For”

  1. Like other narrative arcs that replay over and over in our fairy tales and myths, the poison dress resonates for a reason. Clothing is intended to shelter us, to provide a firm barrier between the squishy stuff of our personhood and the sharp edges of the outside world. Clothing should protect us and shield our nervous parts from the thorns of Eden.

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