Amnesiac by Greg Santos

Poet name: Greg Santos Poem title: Amnesiac Poem: It all happened a long time ago. Do you remember? I think there was a nun, a war, the phone call that changed everyone’s lives. No, how could you remember? You weren’t even there. But now that I think about it, neither was I. That moment when you have something to say but forget what you’ve been saying mid-sentence, I have that right now. I’ve had that problem my entire life. My history is made of tweezers removing a splinter from a child’s palm, afternoon swims in the plastic turtle pool out back, white bread salami sandwiches. Thank goodness history isn’t all goblets and tapestries. Reaching a clearing in the woods, I take a moment to consider my travels. The villagers were right: the view is, indeed, magnificent. End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Greg Santos Originally published in The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books, 2010) Greg Santos is the author of Blackbirds (2018), Rabbit Punch! (2014) and The Emperor’s Sofa (2010). He is the Editor in Chief of the Quebec Writers' Federation's carte blanche magazine. His new poetry book, Ghost Face, is forthcoming with DC Books.