Never Enough

Never Enough

by Laura Gamache


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Parents die, and their children inherit the loose ends left behind. Our parents left behind a large suburban house bursting with dusty inexplicables – a live hand grenade, a four-fingered glove, check stubs from the 50’s, year upon year of Road & Track, a locked strongbox with nothing inside. They had neglected doing uncomfortable things, like settling on one of us as executor, disposing of our youngest brother’s ashes, and setting up a financial safety net for the one of us who needed but wouldn’t ask for help, who, at nearly 60, still lived in the basement of their house. We sorted through, donated and tossed objects we had previously coveted into the 20 yard dumpster hulking outside. We too postponed hard choices, stacking boxes of indecision in a dark room at Public Storage. As we emptied, then sold the house we had lived in for most of our childhoods, Never Enough emerged poem by often difficult poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635341881
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

Poet and teaching artist Laura Gamache earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in 1993, and directed the UW MFA Writers in the Schools program from 1993 to 2003. She was named a Jack Straw Writers Program fellow in 1999 and 2002. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, nothing to hold onto, in 2005. Her poems and teaching essays have appeared in many print and on-line journals, including Teachers & Writers Collaborative Press, Menacing Hedge, Sixfold Poetry Journal, and others.

She works in classrooms through Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program, and was Sprague/Williamson Writer in Residence in Chiloquin, Oregon for nine weeks each fall during 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has written with and been inspired by students from five-years-old through elder adults. She walks, writes, reads and teaches in Seattle, where she lives with her husband, Jim.

Table of Contents

The Unbearable Sadness of Bing Cherries the Color of

Corked Red Wine 1

Behind Dad’s Closed Closet Door 2

Carpe Diem 3

Never Enough 5

Five Lb. Coffee Can Full of Sand Dollars 6

Erase the Fears 7

Off Ledbetter Point 8

To Make This Easier 9

Glove 10

On My Walk to the Bank I Get a Call 11

Perfectly Fine Stuff Somebody Might Want 12

Before We Call the Bellevue Police Bomb Squad 13

Outing 14

Our Brother Who Art in Dad’s House 15

I am Anxious About X 16

Letting Them Go 17

Real Estate Appraisal 18

Letter to Scott 19

Quieted 20

Día de los Muertos at Evergreen Washelli 21

Public Storage Unit B279 22

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