for Sally Ride

by Stefania Gomez

Illustration by Soyoon Kim

published February 13, 2015

NASA engineers asked Ride, “Is 100 [tampons] the right number?” She would be in space for a week.
American Prospect, June 19, 2014

[Playtex] triumphed over the more politically connected, engineering-driven Hamilton-Standard to win the Apollo lunar space-suit contract…by drawing on the craft-culture handiwork and expertise of seamstresses, rather than on the hard-line culture of engineering.

Smithsonian Magazine, August 27th, 2012


Red planet

spots hover up

here like our space

suits, soft as moon


dust, twenty-one layered

lunar landscapes:

Playtex, seamstress, cotton

soft as hands.


The moon has

no assembly lines

or gravity,


fatigued bodies or ground

control, only tides,

gentle pull of maroon



Up here, everyone

sloshing, rupturing in

and out of Apollo,


everyone swathed,

soft, susceptible organs