Spencer Short is the author of Tremolo (HarperCollins, 2001), a winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition. He lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Gentle Art of Shabby Dressing
There’s nothing dandier than threadbare threads
worn by a discerning shabby dresser.
A collar’s fret or subtle fray is not lesser
because it’s worn away but models instead
the bespoke tailoring of time itself.
Done poorly—the gentleman farmer’s
piecemeal pastoral, that NoHo charmer’s
duct-taped boots—it’s like an...