Gambrels of the Sky

Who am I?

Abby Gambrel. I write poetry, teach, and make lots of time-consuming, non-essential items by hand. I’m a Midwestern by upbringing, but I now live with my husband, David Lee, in Amsterdam.

What is this blog about?

Oh, lots of stuff. I reserve the right to write about whatever comes to me. Some of my interests are as follows: poetry, reading and writing, teaching, odd social conventions, TV, podcasts and radio shows, travel, linguistics, quilting, soap-making, food and drink, politics, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. If you’re also interested in these things, welcome!

Why am I (and the other Gambrels) of the sky?

When your last name is a type of roof, and it appears in an Emily Dickinson poem, it’s impossible not to take advantage. Plus, I spend a lot of time wandering around looking at architechture these days. Here’s the poem in full:

I dwell in Possibility -
A fairer House than Prose -
More numerous of Windows -
Superior-for Doors -

Of Chambers as the Cedars -
Impregnable of eye -
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky -

Of Visitors-the fairest -
For Occupation - This -
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise -