What’s In Your… Closet?

Posted in Uncategorized by Moe on April 29, 2010


Lace, Leather

Floral, Chic

Blush, Ruffles

The cutest pair of ballerinas you’ve ever seen


Cotton, Corduroy

Solid, Classic

Navy, Zippers

The sharpest blazer south of Newark


Silk, Chiffon

Rhinestones, Fabulous

Red, Trains

The loudest gown Ru could imagine


Wool, Polyester

Cable Knit, Enormous

Ivory, Cowl Necks

The warmest wardrobe not beside a fire


I am Jamie

I am Taylor

I am Jordan

I am Sam

Who are you?

What’s in you’re closet?

Are you in there too?


This poem was inspired by the following musings:

The other day I was thinking about the concept of “the closet”. People can be in the closet until the day they come out… of it. Why a closet? Why not a room? Why not…  something big like a house? or skyscraper! Why not something tiny like a drawer? Or a cupboard? Or a shoe box?

I guess there’s no way to change the saying to “coming out of the hat box”. The closet is here to stay… or to spring out of.  Even though I would prefer an elevator or a some kind of cabinetry, the closet makes sense as the space that one’s authentic self sleeps in before emerging. A closet is suitably small and an extremely private space. Closets also hold… Our clothes! Our clothes say a lot about us. They are a means of personal expression, creativity, and what the world sees first.  Some might venture to say our clothes represent a piece of our identity, meaning that our closet holds our true self.

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  1. kth14 said, on April 30, 2010 at 2:56 am

    This post reminds me of the discussion we had in class about proximity. The clothes in our closet, the proximity they have to us are what defines us to the world is a very interesting idea and the fact that you focus on why people “come out of the closet” as opposed to another area, such as a room or drawer, may have something to do with proximity as well. The closet, the physical one we put our clothes, shoes, umbrellas, notebooks, and even our most personal items is also a metaphor for the mental closet every one of us has. The proximity to which we store our most precious objects and our most secret thoughts in this closet is what defines us as who we are and how we are seen to the world. If we hide our precious objects, such as “gay” items, and secrets, such as being gay, the proximity to gayness seems far, but being in the closet trapped with the secret and items possibly brings one closer to his/her identity. I think there is some advantage to keeping one’s secrets and maintaining the proximity one has with them when they are alone. Even though Lorde demands the breaking of silence, which I agree with, I think it is helpful to learn through keeping secrets and break silence when the proximity to a secret becomes so close that one has to share it, when one is ready to face the consequences and the probable proximity changes in every aspect of life when one breaks silences.

  2. saimaanika said, on May 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Your poem is genius! I agree with you all the way. I think that “coming out of the closet” is the only way to say what we want to say because the closet is where the spiritual you is at that time and moment. I thought that not everyone’s room describes who they are because you could be sharing a room with your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend and not everything in it solely represents you because some things also represents your significant other and represents both of you together. Or maybe you’re in the middle of renovating your room (like I am) and some things in there may not represent you anymore (I still have a Mickey Mouse cloak, which I was so excited about when I was a child, in there and let’s just say that that’s gotta go). You can’t “come out” of a shoe box because the one pair of shoes can’t represent you, well, unless those pair of shoes were made only for you and comprises everything about you (which is probably not ever going to happen lol). That shoe could have been a pair of sneakers for running, which does not describe who you are as a whole only an aspect. It just says that you are a runner. And so on with other enclosed areas that we use to store parts of ourselves. But, we collectively store everything, or most of the essential thing of ourselves, in our closets. You sprit is in there and I think if objects could talk, then the objects in the closet would probably sound exactly like you and say the same things. So, there is no reason to change the phrase from “coming out of the closet” because it is a phrase that is perfect the way it is to epitomizes each and every person on their own.

  3. nr459 said, on May 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I loved your poem! People are so quick to jump to this idea of “the closet.” This mysterious, non-verbalized thing that lies deep within the individual. But as you point out, what makes my “closet” different from yours? People are forced to “come out” of these closets with this stereotypical image. If you’re a boy, you come out of the closet dressed like a girl. But what if your closet, as your poem infers, has clothes from a number of different people that are both boys and girls. It isn’t as easy to define as so many think it is : Your either one or the other. Pick.
    But it’s so much more complicated than that. And you’ve said that and so much more in your wonderful poem. Love it!

  4. sarah said, on May 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hi mrthomps. I really enjoyed your poem and I LOVED your remarks on the term “coming out of the closet.” I really enjoyed the last few lines of your poem that really catch the essence of what’s in a closet. I love how you ended it, “are you in there too?” I took it to be a little humorous but at the same time know that the question holds so much weight for the reader and the intended audience! “I am Jamie I am Taylor I am Jordan I am Sam Who are you? What’s in you’re closet? Are you in there too?” I liked the names that you used because they are all gender ambiguous names. I wonder if you intentionally did that. This added to the confusion and ambiguity of the author’s gender and identity.
    I looked it up and only found one short explanation. It explained that the term “coming out” first originated in 1963 and meant admitting something. The term was originally used in 1952 in reference to alcoholism and was used in relation to homosexuality in the 1970’s. I thought this was interesting. I also really liked how kthm said that “The proximity to which we store our most precious objects and our most secret thoughts in this closet is what defines us as who we are and how we are seen to the world.” I loved the ideas of proximity and how close or far we keep things in relation to our identity is so important in discovering who are.

  5. kirstan27 said, on May 6, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I think its funny that you made a poem about this and very clever. My friends and I have this talk all the time, wondering why did it have to be a closet and what is the conception of the closet? You’re right there’s no way to change the term bout you can create a new phrase and people will catch on. That’s how sayings get started. My friends and I say the closet is so dark and to us coming out isn’t always coming from a dark place. So we decided to say were coming out of a decorative hat box. Doesn’t seem so dark and scary as a closet. However I do agree with the concept of the closet with clothes. Clothes are a means of personal expression, creativity, and what the world sees first. It gives people an identity and chance to express thing and maybe even take on personas that never thought they could. If you look at it that way then the metaphor of a closet is beautiful because like you said it holds our true self. Very genius!

  6. sross10 said, on May 7, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Honestly before you’re explanation of the closet what I got out of the poem and what you touched on a little bit, was what our clothes say about us as people. when i was reading this poem i could see these people and who they were based on their clothing. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but clothes say something about our identities. I knew a girl who dressed more “butch” because she wanted feminine girls. Also, when I met this girl who was interested in me after talking for a little bit she asked me if i was a dom or a femme and I said neither. She kind of got irritated and needed an answer… my point is my clothing confused and changed the way she interacted with me.

    Maybe we us closet because its a place the hold our clothes which are part of our identity and when you’re “in the closet” you’re hiding a part of your identity.

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