by H. Melt
Hi, you’ve reached H. Melt.
I can’t come to the phone right now.
If you leave a message, I’ll get back to you
as soon as possible. Thanks.
it’s Nana calling.
I wanted to thank you for that lovely note
with good wishes for Hannukah and the New Year.
I really appreciate it. I was delighted to hear from you.
Mother tells me your opening went really well.
I wanted to wish you luck with that.
I hope you sell a lot of books
and make a lot of money.
If you get a chance, call me.
If not, I know you’re a
Busy. Young. Woman.
I’m thinking of you and wish you the best.
Thank you again for that lovely note
and have a happy holiday.
Editor’s note: This essay is part of a series called Name Tags, about issues related to names and naming. You can find the original Call for Submissions here.
H. Melt is a poet, organizer, and educator whose work proudly celebrates Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has appeared many places including In These Times, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers in 2017. H. Melt co-leads Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors and works at Women & Children First, Chicago’s feminist bookstore.