Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider's Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.
Written in the Hours Between
I keep coming across random memories
scrawled in notebooks allover my house
drunken and disorderly ramblings
childhood traumas and imagined slights
every time I turn over a scrap of paper, I find
the first half of a story about my favorite cat (she died of lung cancer when I was four)
my first husband (he came out of the closet and left when I was twenty-five)
the time my sister dug the uncapped end of a baton into my forehead (we were six and eight, I was older)
watching my son struggling for breath in an incubator when was one day old)
how much I wanted to break things off with Husband #2
one year before we were married
who is this person
leaving their life lying around
for all the wrong people to read?