Poems of the Week

X-Rated X-Stitch

by Chris O’Carroll

“It is our policy not to sell products with the ‘F’ word…”
—Michaels corporate HQ, quoted in The New York Times, explaining the craft store chain’s
decision to trash all its copies of the book Feminist Cross-Stitch

The patterns in this book play dirty tricks,
E.g., spell “Patriarchy Is for Dicks,”

“Feminist as Fuck,” and “Fuck Politeness,”
Wounding our manhood and our moral rightness,

Needling us with naughty-word cross-stitches.
Feminists can be such crafty bitches.