Jiwon Choi: Jane Austen, Reconsider

writing me into your landscape of petticoats and pianofortes,

please be advised, my party manners are unfortunate

 

I will drink all your wine and double dip.  Invite me to tea

if you can forego all your layers of etiquette.

 

Don’t you see I would fare better in something Elmore Leonard?

Knocking knees with unrepentant Ojibway assassins

 

chain smoking and dusting off a bottle––an anvil

masquerading as a dame.

 

Have the boys call me Bossy Betty or Luscious Letty,

and make sure they admire my derriere and damsel hair.

 

Call me gauche, think me brazen.  I won’t take it as character

assassination. Thank you for the affirmation.



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