I WAS BUSY
That was the year that my brother put dates (2/17/04) on everything: the
mirror (12/3/04), the tea-bag tags (3/8/04, 10/9/04, 1/30/04), and the
dog’s water bowl (9/25/04). I’m alive right now, and have
been for a while, was what he told me. He insisted that his meals of pork
BBQ were not inconsequential. He had noticed that when babies crawled
out from women’s dresses, everyone
cried and took pictures. He said he was thankful for our scrapbook
minds: How “Pizza lunch with Uncle Albert” shares a ribboned corner with
“Jessica marries a man with a crooked bow tie.” But I
was busy noticing how fat girls hide their bellies behind notebooks and
couch cushions. Isn’t everything cruel?
HANNAH GAMBLE is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series and to be published by Fence in 2012. Hannah is the Poet-in-Residence at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and also teaches literature classes at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. Her poems and interviews appear or are forthcoming in APR, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. You can also follow her on Twitter: @Hannah_Gamble.