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The Simplicity of Boxers Three children produce an enormous amount of laundry, and there it is, piled up on the folding table like the Polyester Appalachians. I’d like to retreat to my studio, but that would require tempting an avalanche, and I’m afraid, because any sort of misplaced step or unintentionally thunderous footfall and the mass would shift and So time to fold it is, and that’s when it strikes: judging by the oddness of their clothes, women are not shaped like the rest of us. Straps and Velcro and long lacy strings of jinglies entwined in cotton knots so tight my fingers ache from prying them apart. It makes me think of the simplicity of boxers. I hold a flat piece of material that looks like a smashed spider. Is it misshapen on purpose, or is this just normal wash and wear? Perhaps if one should drape it over his head? Tie the loose ends under the chin, you know, for support? These jeans aren’t jeans. They’re canvasses of puffy pink paint and sparklies and glitter. Even the socks have frills, and they’re so tiny. I can fit one on each toe. The underwear, at least that’s something I understand. There’s little one can do to panties and bras without altering the shape of the wearer, though they don’t fit my frame very well, especially the panties, so up they go on my head with the smashed spider. Soccer socks and a wired girdle-like device; the former make nice sleeves, the latter fits my right thigh. The shrug is a particularly vivid shade of lavender, and it makes for a perfect robber’s bandana. Then I spy the children’s dress up box in the corner, overflowing with purple angel’s wings and gauzy white lace and tufts of fake brown fur and diamond tiaras and pink bunny ears jutting out of the top. I’m scrambling for some kind of justification. We all play dress up, right? But all I can think about is Joe Potter from High School— while most of us wanted to take these kinds of things off our girlfriends— he just wanted to wear them. ~ James Noll Fall 2013 Volume 1, Issue 1

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A compilation of the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Volumes 1 and 2 (2013-2014)

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