This poem truly reflects on my own upbringing and the idea of collecting things and personal obsessions. It uses the documentary about obsessed Dolly Parton fans as a jumping off point, but goes well beyond that to explore the connections we have with our belongings.
I recently wrote a blog post about "capturing my roots" and being from the Midwest. This poem feels very grounded in the Midwest and reflective of my upbringing there, so it serves as a good example of everything I wrote about in that post.
I hope you will enjoy hearing me read this piece, but I also really hope you will get online and order yourself a copy of Mary.