Sometimes I’m Suzanne

Sometimes I’m Suzanne She’d been his first words: ‘‘Sometimes I’m Suzanne’’—plonked into the room like a fat stone in water, between the baby wipes and nappies. Carly fumbled with her phone, her jaw around her knees. ‘‘Kev? Kev! Matthew just said his first words.’’ ‘‘WHAT?’’ Kev yelled over the white noise of the truck, somewhere between Shitsville and Bum-Fuck Nowhere. ‘‘His FIRST WORDS!’’ ‘‘Yeah what?’’ ‘‘He said: ‘Sometimes I’m Suzanne’.’’ ‘‘What? What the fuck’s that mean? Who’s Suzanne?’’ ‘‘I don’t know.’’ Carly frowned at their baby boy. He grinned and pissed into the air. Sometimes he was one. And would chew his blocks, play with his spaghetti, and tantrum like a boy: a true atheist of discipline. Other times they were two. And Suzanne would wander through Matthew’s brain, from cerebellum to parietal to occipital lobe, a√ecting each one accordingly. Matthew would strut like a woman; admire Carly’s perfume—Mmm, jasmine. Such a purple, heady fragrance; or comment on a lady’s dress—It really takes the focus o√ her face. One day, Suzanne milled around Matthew’s somatosensory cortex. He kept talking about the softness of Carly’s nightie and the comfort of his sneakers—feels like I’m walking on clouds. Good choice, Carly. Carly raised http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Sometimes I’m Suzanne

Prairie Schooner, Volume 91 (2) – Aug 9, 2017

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She’d been his first words: ‘‘Sometimes I’m Suzanne’’—plonked into the room like a fat stone in water, between the baby wipes and nappies. Carly fumbled with her phone, her jaw around her knees. ‘‘Kev? Kev! Matthew just said his first words.’’ ‘‘WHAT?’’ Kev yelled over the white noise of the truck, somewhere between Shitsville and Bum-Fuck Nowhere. ‘‘His FIRST WORDS!’’ ‘‘Yeah what?’’ ‘‘He said: ‘Sometimes I’m Suzanne’.’’ ‘‘What? What the fuck’s that mean? Who’s Suzanne?’’ ‘‘I don’t know.’’ Carly frowned at their baby boy. He grinned and pissed into the air. Sometimes he was one. And would chew his blocks, play with his spaghetti, and tantrum like a boy: a true atheist of discipline. Other times they were two. And Suzanne would wander through Matthew’s brain, from cerebellum to parietal to occipital lobe, a√ecting each one accordingly. Matthew would strut like a woman; admire Carly’s perfume—Mmm, jasmine. Such a purple, heady fragrance; or comment on a lady’s dress—It really takes the focus o√ her face. One day, Suzanne milled around Matthew’s somatosensory cortex. He kept talking about the softness of Carly’s nightie and the comfort of his sneakers—feels like I’m walking on clouds. Good choice, Carly. Carly raised

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