Peer Review

The assignment’s an homage to hypotheticals:
Imagine marketing clothing to men
eyeing their place atop the corporate ladder.

In quick-moving merchandise,
cheap, with double meaning, lies
affordable, sartorial aspiration.

I create the persona of my consumer,
fashion Sam from mental clay;
a recent college graduate,
stuck in a dead-end internship,
he struggles to land his first big gig.

Cultivate your confidence, my content tells him.
The clothing’s all that missing, it winks.

A faceless reviewer assesses my work,
finds Sam a compelling creation.
As for the creator, the peer
knows of nothing he could do better.

If my ideas demanded development,
my writing, coherence,
my mind—
if, if,
perhaps then I could have been
a woman, a she,
hypothetically.

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