House of McQueen
Selected by Vievee Francis for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, Valerie Wallace’s House of McQueen is a glittering debut by an assured new voice. Inhabiting the life and work of Alexander McQueen, Wallace builds a fantastical world using both original language and excerpts drawn from interviews, supermodels, Shakespeare, and more. At turns fierce and vulnerable, here is a collection that leaps from runway to fairytale to street with wild, brilliant grace.
“McQueen’s Bop with the Interviewer” from House of McQueen:
I’ve tried my best to get away from the Little Black Dress. That uniform makes mine eyes glaze over! How can you trust counterfeit elegance? There’s something ignorant in women who wear sparrows. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. Waif who needs rescuing isn’t romance. I’ve seen naiveté I know what can happen. Someone’s life is burning from this world’s brutal kiss. I am | you are the voyeur | the mirror.I want people to be afraid of the women I dress. This is sartorial, but, O softness. O radiance. Leather, locusts, shells, fur The clothes I make don’t acquiesce. Here teeth, and nets, art of armor. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.