from “Striptease: the Untold Story of the Girlie Show” by Rachel Shteir
Ordinary women kiss
the rawest possible idea onstage –
the burlesque of the heart.
They take it off for just a song
From a distance
it looks like a routine,
the viewer with a trace of envy
for all their self-reliance.
push men to the sidelines
to find themselves,
smooth a stocking to elevate,
undress to the realm
of pure music.
A pretty girl is like a melody –
or a war of form.
In other words,
there will always be an audience
where there is a bazaar of bare legs,
a little comedy, and plenty of fire