There’s a bawdiness that runs throughout much of Hannah Gamble’s debut, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast (Fence Books, 2012). But more, there’s a wonder for the natural world, too, as well as for the heart—and a respect for both domestic and the foreign, both the private and public selves and how they engage within the world.
Her poem “In a Time of War” has all of these elements and weaves them together fantastically. But regardless—because?—of all that I’ve never read anything quite like it. I love this poem for how it simultaneously delights in and throws barbs at its subjects.
David Welch is the recipient of the 2014 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the author of a chapbook of poems, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be in Love with You (The Laurel Review/Midwest Chapbook Series). He teaches in the English Department of DePaul University, serves as Poetry Editor of ACM, and is an enthusiastic volunteer at 826CHI.