Mudlark No. 39 (2010)

Plastic #5 (Polypropylene)

Diaphanous fibers 
birthed from melted slurries / of 2-liter 
soda bottle tops. Metal dies extrude
bolts of milky-white 
fabric / cut to fit 
our silhouettes
agree to keep us warm
if we’ll insulate them 
/ in return.

          Machine Wash Cold
          Line Dry
          Do Not Iron

Microscopic barbs / stick to lifelines
catching feeling of sandpaper  
tactile expression of fingernails 
on chalkboards. Unpleasantness 
of microfiber dust rags / now we’re comparing 
plastics to plastics.

Articles dyed blue / dyed red
create an allusion to softness
/ the subtext of warmth.  

When did you first realize / your long johns could melt?  

I fill the pockets of my parka
with plastic bottle tops 
to protect myself / from frostbite.

Drew Dillhunt | Mudlark No. 39 (2010)
Contents | Plastic #6 (Polystyrene)