Jan/Feb 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 1 Poetry |

Powdered Wig

It is the only thing I want. I am seven, blond-haired, fey in my interactions. I hold a bright-green gift. I know I'm a boy, but I love the fancy things people had in the past.      The present gleams in my hands. I touch the Scotch tape, which holds the seams together and keeps what's inside hidden from me. Please: let them have read my mind.

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Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. A 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellow, he is currently a doctoral student at Emory University.

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