Fortune [The neighbors will soon spread their confounding potluck before you.]

By Dobby Gibson b. 1970 Dobby Gibson
The neighbors will soon spread their confounding potluck before you.
Dressed in period garb, they wear sandals with socks.
They subscribe to Life magazine to experience
the present as if it were already the past.
Their flowering trees were engineered to never drop fruit.
Overhead, constellations of stickers glow from bedroom
ceilings as souvenirs from a time when life was lived outdoors.
All conversations end in silence. The trick is to make it purposeful.
It’s not going to get any easier, for these are the CliffsNotes.

Dobby Gibson, “Fortune [The neighbors will soon spread their confounding potluck before you.]” from Skirmish. Copyright © 2009 by Dobby Gibson.  Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press, www.graywolfpress.org

Source: Skirmish (Graywolf Press, 2009)

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Born in Minneapolis, poet Dobby Gibson earned a BA at Connecticut College and an MFA at Indiana University. Originally in graduate school to study fiction, Gibson wrote his first poem at the age of 26. He described his defection from fiction in an interview with the online audio archive From the Fishouse: “I eventually spent all my time on my fiction working on beginnings and endings, and began to quit caring about plot and . . .

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