In Therapy, the Patient Is Asked To Define: Polaroid

Polaroid (poh-la-roid) n. quickly developing image forever seared in memory.


Use it in a sentence:


Dressed as Charlie Chaplin for a junior high party, I reached into the pocket of the coat I borrowed from my father and pulled out three Polaroids of a naked woman lying on my mother’s bed.


Write a poem using each letter of the word as the first letter of each line:


Posed naked
on my mother’s bed
lies a woman—she’s
as open as my mouth is
right now.
Oh, daddy—tell me how
I am supposed to
dance tonight.

Avery Moselle Guess received a 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry. She’s a PhD student at USD and assistant editor for poetry at South Dakota Review. Recent publications include poems in Thrush, Rogue Agent, Glass, Rust + Moth, and Deaf Poets Society and creative non-fiction in Entropy and The Manifest-Station. Her chapbook, The Patient Admits, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in summer 2017, and her first full-length collection of poetry will be published in April 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.