Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – ‘Ghosts and Fashion’ by Elaine Equi with Kate Zari Roberts


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled “Ghosts and Fashion’ by Elaine Equi. Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1953. She received a BA and an MA in English from Columbia College, where she taught a poetry workshop for several years after graduating. Along with her husband, Jerome Sala, she was active in Chicago’s performance poetry scene.

Equi’s first book, Federal Woman, was published in 1978 by Danaides Press. She has written over ten books of poetry, including Sentences and Rain (Coffee House Press, 2015); Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011); Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2007), which was shortlisted for the 2008 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Cloud of Knowable Things (Coffee House Press, 2003); and Voice-Over (Coffee House Press, 1999), chosen by Thom Gunn for the San Francisco State Poetry Award. Equi lives in New York City and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at The New School.


I have matched art work entitled ‘Just Got To Town’ by – Kate Zari Roberts with this poem. You can view and follow her on Instagram  here.

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Ghosts and Fashion ©Elaine Equi


Although it no longer has a body

to cover out of a sense of decorum,


the ghost must still consider fashion—


must clothe its invisibility in something

if it is to “appear” in public.


Some traditional specters favor

the simple shroud—


a toga of ectoplasm

worn Isadora-Duncan-style

swirling around them.


While others opt for lightweight versions

of once familiar tee shirts and jeans.


Perhaps being thought-forms,

they can change their outfits instantly—


or if they were loved ones,

it is we who clothe them

like dolls from memory.

‘Just Got To Town’ ©Kate Zari Roberts

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