Dear Mary Elizabeth, August 1979
by Beth Gordon
Beth Gordon is a poet, mother and grandmother currently living in Asheville, NC. She is the author of two chapbooks: Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe (Animal Heart Press) and Particularly Dangerous Situation (Clare Songbird Publishing). Her full-length poetry collection, This Small Machine of Prayer, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books, July 2021; and her chapbook, The Water Cycle, is forthcoming from Variant Literature, November 2021. She is Managing Editor of Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Assistant Editor of Animal Heart Press and Grandma of Femme Salve Books.
This piece was the winner of a Poetry Challenge, with the prompt being "Write a love poem to your former self."