Bledsoe and Gushue – How to Fold Laundry – 3

How to Fold Laundry
by CL Bledsoe and Michael Gushue

Sometimes flooding the basement is the only way 
to save you from having to fold laundry. What they 
don’t tell you about parenthood is the goddamned socks 
never end. This is not a metaphor for love, but it should 
be. Socks under the bed. Socks behind the dryer 
gathering lint. Socks named Cynthia I should’ve taken 
back to my hotel room that one night in Cleveland if only 
I’d dared. Socks that should be in pairs, but are never
found in the same place.There is only so much brokenness 
to fix in any one house before you start looking 
for things to nudge off the edge. This is how a man
lets grief in: by turning a screwdriver just enough 
to hold the pieces together and then fall apart.


CL Bledsoe is the author of seventeen books, most recently the poetry collection Trashcans in Love and the novel The Funny Thing About…. He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter and blogs with Michael Gushue at 

Michael Gushue is co-founder of the nanopress Poetry Mutual Press and he co-curates the reading series Poetry at the Watergate. His work can be found in journals such as Indiana Review, Third Coast, Redivider, Gargoyle, The Germ, and American Letters & Commentary and his books are Pachinko Mouth, Conrad, Gathering Down Women, and—in collaboration with CL Bledsoe—I Never Promised You A Sea Monkey. He lives in the Brookland neighborhood (“a shabby and decidedly unhip neighborhood” -New York Times) of Washington, D.C.