Julie Marie Wade

Mother

Not a porch swing or a pansy garden.  Nothing now
but the sound of night encroaching, grown up like
moss over eves and end-tables.  Eight years since
last I saw you—at the Christmas of our Discontent—
stringing popcorn and an artifice of paper dolls.
We put down the snowy white gauze sprinkled with
coconut and boxes underneath to give it height: a
necessary spectacle.  And then we assembled the
Holiday Village where light-bulbed bodies of carolers
and even the gold tip of a ceramic church steeple
glowed on for hours in the milky dusk.  I left with-
out saying anything.  I am certain all your guests
noticed and approved.

Wendy XuJulie Marie Wade completed a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University in 2003, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2012. She is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010), winner of The Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, Without: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010), selected for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series, Small Fires; Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series. Her forthcoming collections are Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Press, 2013), winner of the Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize, and When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2014). Wade is the newest member of the creative writing faculty at Florida International University.  She lives with her partner, Angie Griffin, in Dania Beach.