As we stood at the intersection of Bloomie Nailsand Everything Bagels, the crosstown bus approached,the only one running, calzone-stuffed and grunting.In four weeks my daughter would slither wet on my belly,turn blue until the nurse turned her pink and laid heron my breast, warm, irretrievable. On the bus,the bulge of her bought me a seatbetween the Bajan nanny and the white-haired womanwhose appointment at St. Vincent’s would berescheduled. We were bound for the East Side,the Stuyvesant Town deli, a line desperate for hamand cheese, minestrone, enormous water bottles. At my friend’sapartment, the TV gave the grainy story over and over. [End Page 266] [End Page 267]
Amy Lemmon is the author of two poetry collections—Fine Motor and Saint Nobody—and coauthor, with Denise Duhamel, of the chapbooks ABBA: The Poems and Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, the Journal, Marginalia, and many other magazines and anthologies. Professor of English at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and poetry editor of the online literary magazine http://Ducts.org, Amy lives with her two children in Astoria, Queens.