D. Gilson


In the dream, I am restoring a bungalow
born of the post-Great Depression boom
with my husband. In the dream, I am boring
but pleasant enough, holding plates and bowls

against the sunlight of original, single-pane
windows. I say things and he listens politely.
Jadeite, but the weight means probably
a late ‘80s reproduction. Things are possible

in the dream: the bungalow in Charleston
I could never afford; the husband; the child
we are choosing like a combo from a Chinese
takeout menu. Men adopt Schezwan chicken,

the headline from a local newspaper reads
in the Pottery Barn catalog dream on repeat.


D. Gilson is the author of Crush (Punctum Books, 2014), with Will Stockton; Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry, 2013); and Catch & Release (2012), winner of the Robin Becker Prize from Seven Kitchens Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Indiana Review, and The Rumpus. Find D. at