Clothing can be a form of self expression, like poetry.

…But do the two ever cross?

Your favorite shirt, the jacket of your first boyfriend in high school, your first baby socks kept in a pretty box for safe keeping — items of clothing travel with us throughout our lives, a silent, comfy companion. Do you ever feel this way? You are not alone! 🙂

There are actually many odes and dedicated poetry to clothing that can be found if you just take a peek.

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Vintage Red Velvet Duster Coat with Empire Waist by Mizellle on Etsy
…called back from the ruins in that jacket, dark stain blooming
through the sleeve, the child squalling
in my useless arms. I don’t know what happened to the jacket
& all those people are lost to a diaspora,
the borough incinerated around them, nowhere in this night
I drive through. Silk velvet and its rich hiss
the shade of flame offering its drapery, its charm
against this world burning ruthless, crucial & exacting.

Red Velvet Jacket by Lynda Hull


Edwardian White Ruffle Slip Dress by snootieseconds on Etsy
How will it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye

With cloud for shift
how will I hide?“
Question by May Swenson


Green vintage Forest Sprite Dress by HeyViv on Etsy
they seem to prefer
the invisible, every saint
in the gallery

flaunts an improbable
tumble of drapery,
a nearly audible liquidity“
Couture by Mark Doty

I hope you’ve been inspired to write some clothing poems of your own!

Hey Viv!

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