The Goldin Era

by Amy Zhang, age 17
The Goldin Era Amy is a senior in high school. Besides writing a few haiku and unfinished epic-length novels in elementary school, she has never indulged her passion for creative writing until this year. Her seven fellow students and her teacher, Ms. Lloyd, have inspired, encouraged, and polished her work beyond her wildest expectations. Amy loves baking with her mom, losing Scrabble games to her younger sister, and playing flute and bass guitar in several ensembles. She has accepted the fact that years of classroom literary analysis have warped her brain into generating descriptive, distracting metaphors at the worst times.

“The cheap sneer of polysatin / Running, splashing, hiding across dresses / The hostess appears, pulled patch in her sleeve / wide in the electric glare”

girls like moths he said  musical thrilling voices

long slender limbs she said silk column dresses

tight tilted faces   I read framed by sleek bobs

eight Louis heels softly bobbing the thick throb of lifting thighs

T-straps dipping into plush grass They’re getting muddy

calves long and shapely burn with lac tic ac id

misty pale in the sunset-drip

one girl spells Ls of her arms, Who designed this hill?

crosses their raised nap

guarding her rib-ridged chest. It’s awful cold

At the house

the doorbell lost in cheerful chatter Maybe press it again—

show themselves in, confident women —uncertain girls

The cheap sneer of polysatin

Running, splashing, hiding across dresses

The hostess appears, pulled patch in her sleeve

wide in the electric glare

Gaping threads, perfectly even teeth look slippery—

like bathwater

on composite countertops

necks swiveling like swans uneasy.

Scanning, leaping

from face to frizz-topped face Is that—?

A crown—no, a helmet

Of gaud-yellow hair reassembled

Stiff as laughter

Crescent moon in reverse

Dirt under a trimmed pointer nail

Against a sky of smuggled smiles

The elegant flow of another gallant pour

Champagne groping awkwardly

For the glass caught off-guard

un

even

eyeliner

conversation

the wet sound of it


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