Poem for July 2

July 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

no california

The only time I
may’ve had
a kid
was at 19
and if that kid
also had a kid
at 19, then at
38 I’d be a
grandmother.
And if that
kid, next year,
also had a kid
I’d be a great grandmother.
It’s late
so I want
to call
someone
in California
but I’m there.

-Eileen Myles, from Snowflake: New Poems*  (Wave Books, 2012)

*Includes  Different Streets: Newer Poems, printed dos a  dos to the above volume and not included in the Library of Congress cataloging record. This poem is actually from that volume.

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