Holly Day

Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota, since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider's Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in Oyez Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.


holding you down
my arms wrapped tight around your body
like plastic wrap, like cocoon silk
my fingers over your eyes, in your ears

smearing my lipstick all over
your body, my lips
bright red bloody streaks
in the dark, marking my territory
marking you mine.




Featured Image:
Artist: Claes Oldenburg (1929-)
Title: Various Positions of Giant Lipstick to Replace the Fountain of Eros, Piccadilly Circus, London
Date: 1966
Medium: Crayon and watercolor on paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 15 × 22 in. (38.1 × 55.9 cm)
Credit line:Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President
Accession number: 2002.36
Rights and Reproductions Information: © Claes Oldenburg