The Ideal Form Dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages A Young Daugh­ter of the Picts

The Iowa Review - - CONTENTS - Camille Guthrie

I’ve found it What Plato said From the Win­ter 2006 Col­lec­tion A dusty rose 100% silk knee-length Pleated trim at neck pin­tuck­ing at bodice Low scoop over the breast self-tie bow at the neck Con­cealed back zip clo­sure no pock­eted Valentino dress Con­di­tion Pris­tine Es­ti­mated re­tail $5,238 on­line Bust 28” Waist 25” Hip 32” Length 39” Made in Italy It’s the Form of the Dress It’s not a sun­dress not a shirt­dress Not a mini not a maxi not a wrap No pouf no hal­ter no spaghetti straps Not a bub­ble blou­son or ball gown Not one-shoul­der not tiered not A-line Not Gre­cian Em­pire or Sab­rina Not a tent not apron def­i­nitely not Body­con Not a jumper prom tu­nic or maid Not shift sheath slip But an ut­terly per­fect silk light pink dress To wear to be my per­fect self In this im­per­fect cor­rupt world Maybe my prom dress had a 25” waist Be­fore moth­er­hood be­fore mid­dle age When I was Con­di­tion Pris­tine I don’t even know any­more But I need the Per­fect Form now To wear to this meet­ing to­day To fi­nal­ize the end of my mar­riage I need all the power of the his­tory of fem­i­nin­ity The in­dig­na­tion of every wife ever Who has been lied to And left with­out $5,238 to par­tic­i­pate In one of the world’s finest im­pos­si­ble ideas

The Form of Beauty “It­self by it­self with it­self” says Plato Which makes us all in­sane Liv­ing as we do in Late Cap­i­tal­ism All alone on­line late at night scrolling For the per­fect fuck per­fect hus­band per­fect out­fit Both af­ford­able and dev­as­tat­ing To make ev­ery­one in the room Gasp from its spec­tac­u­lar beauty And you win even though You’ve al­ready lost be­cause you’re a woman And you wasted twenty years Build­ing a fu­ture with some­one who would leave you When it was con­ve­nient and let you loose Into this dan­ger­ous world of shad­ows With­out a way the means To the per­fect Valentino dress And to go with it Per­fect fuck you pumps

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