Barbie's Tender Clothing

Poem By Andrei Sen-Senkov


under her dress
you can sometimes
find the woman
who later causes
to kiss the soft paws
of toy Soviet gynecologists


the latest Barbie
is made of such tender plastic
her underwear
leaves a mark
that is
of course
if for a prolonged time
the doll sits uncomfortably on the lap of a stranger


inside this woman
is that
for which
the policemen of small American cities
get paid


in the complete Barbie set
is a tiny object
the use of which
is not obvious

when you finally figure out
what it's for
the doll
grabs the object
from your hands


she never came to me
in a dream
those 1970's Soviet dolls did
with their honest
innocuous fingers
always grown together

Translated by Peter Golub

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