Recent poems by Patricia Clark appear in Michigan Quarterly Review, Plume 5 (anthology), and Old Northwest Review. A poem from The Canopy was featured on Verse Daily. And she has poems forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Dark Matter, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.
Young enough to believe
the lineup of us in polished shoes
meant power. Only later, seeing
a wink or two —
is your family Catholic? Spring dresses,
white gloves to the wrist, and hats —
we learned how to sit, how not
to yawn. A girl's life
of patience, decorum, hem, skirt, bodice, slip.