Gabrielle Bates

Gabrielle Bates works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and cohosts the podcast The Poet Salon. Her poems and poetry comics have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, and Gulf Coast, among other journals. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

The Dog

How easily / I could imagine a version of our lives / in which he kept all his suffering secret from me. / I saw the beer on the counter.