The Mae West Defense
dancing girl press, 2009
Julie Strand lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is the Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her poetry has appeared in Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Rock Heals (A Narrow House Weekly) and others. In 2008, her poem "Neon Yellow" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. This is her second chapbook.
The Touching Between Us
Shiny boots shine
into mine water.
Shiny boots, oh boo
for you who walk
and not gurgle, not flow v not carry. For you
stand on land,
you cover and cradle,
are fashion and well you shine.
Walk over here, to me,
to water. Walk on me
for my world is wet and yours sturdy.
Don’t make me love you.
Shine as only one as one.
Shine, shine as a slide in the park.
The wind will connect us enough.
A window along this bank that peaks us,
let’s have more. Step in, and color me shiny.