Gratitude to Luther Hughes for writing so movingly about my poem, “I Invite My Parents to a Dinner Party” (first published in Poem-a-Day) in his monthly column for Frontier Poetry, “You Smell Like Outside.”
This post is to say, I don’t know how to feel about my mother. I love her, please don’t get me wrong. I love her with my entire body. But when does love lose to respect? Is this even an interrogation worth having? I don’t know. I don’t know. We have fun. We laugh. We “talk” as much as I can. I want to talk to her about how I feel about him. About how he makes me happy even when he’s just watching tv.
I love seeing how folks, especially other LGBTQ folks, have connected with this poem—and how it’s leading to further thinking and feeling about these relationships with our mothers. Read here.