From One and Half of You

Leanne Dunic

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Price depends on how the cheongsam

was made, the fabric used.

 

Gasp. Lift breasts with one hand.

Stuff your body inside.

 

If you wear this print of peonies

people may call them cabbages.

 

Hand-sewn, it’s vulnerable to tears.

A machine can fix that.

 

Needles pinned will prick as you slip out

try another.

 

This dress – too loose.

Take in the back, add darts in the front

(though the fit will clearly be forced).

 

Wear this one of tangerine wool

high collar, tapered sleeves.

 

Double-lined

it will cost more to reshape.

 

Change the zipper to invisible.

 

Create the illusion

you

were born with this

as skin.

Leanne Dunic, pg 35 excerpt from One and Half of You. Copyright © 2021. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Source: One and Half of You (Talonbooks, 2021)