I gave you away to Reminiscence, my favorite
store in SoHo, long out-of-business. Now, I see you
in a new second-hand shop, half-hidden
under a pile of other rhinestone purses.
“Hello, old friend.”
Remember how we’d bounce from kiss to caress
at Studio 54? I’d wear those bright purple,
elephant-bell hip huggers. They always did the trick:
By 4 AM, you’d be stuffed with numbers.
I still wear bright colors. I see your once-
flaming-fuchsia suede has worn
to barely pink. Both of us are scored
with lines, but hold spirit enough.
I take you in my arms, unclasp you.
Oh, strumpet! Inside, your glory’s
unfaded and ripe! Unfolded,
I too still flush, awakening
Before falling for poetry, Madeline Artenberg was a press-pass-carrying photojournalist
and street-theatre performer. She has been co-producing the Alternative New Year’s
Day Poetry Extravaganza in New York City since 2002.
Her work has been published in, among others: Rattle, Mudfish, theravensperch,
The POET, Caprice, Literature Today International Journal, Absinthe Literary Review,
Skidrow Penthouse, Pudding House, Salonika, Vernacular, and Ducts.
Her awards and prizes include:
- Mudfish poetry prize: finalist (2020)
- Best of the Net: poem nominated by Poets Wear Prada (2020)
- Highland Park Poetry Challenge: honorable mention (2017)
- Margie, The American Journal of Poetry contest: semi-finalist (2005)
- Poetry Forum contest: 1st prize (2003)
- nycbigcitylit/Lyric Recovery contest: semi-finalist (2001)