Pride Month, 2021

Find a dress. Not the Little Black Dress.
It’s flavorless.

Try the teal dress,
pour it into the Good Seasonings cruet

with some olive oil, white vinegar,
and the girl you had a crush on from Panas High

Paint your nails blue as Buzzard’s Bay.
Pour the dressing over a hated event:

a straight wedding, a niece’s confirmation.
Throw away all neutral tones.


Linda Lamenza is a poet and literacy specialist in Massachusetts. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Constellations, Rogue Agent, Main Street Rag, The Comstock Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Left-Handed Poetry, was a finalist for Hunger Mountain’s May Day Mountain Chapbook Series. She is a member of Poemworks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets. Linda is fluent in Italian and enjoys spending time at the beach reading and writing.