Boys in West Baltimore bought Ralph Lauren suits
To simulate actual sculpted effects of heads turned
To make a point of homeboys enhanced with Colossal® Maybelline.
In Rome, Luigi Nervi designed basketball courts
To mark the occasion of minimalist wardrobes
As lifetime equalizers
With bronze neoprene briefs
While girls rented French couture
Luxurious as eel skin and cerulean silk.
Crime in America decreased
When Helmut Lang flew to La Guardia
On his way to Dior’s Kaleidoscope® shop
Unspooling something stereotyped
In an avant-garde neighborhood smelling of bacon and flounder
Too good to be true but restoring worth
To funny jokes
About network cascades and climate change.
Bio: Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). As a woman of color, Clara writes about the “performance” of identity, alienation, and power and conducts research on experimental poetry. Her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues. Clara’s collection, Ferguson And Other Satirical Poems About Race, won the 2015 Bitchin’ Kitsch Chapbook Competition, and Autopsy, her chapbook of exploratory poems, was published in April 2016 by Gauss PDF.