As Dear Gloria starts, a lonely male narrator begins to invoke several female figures as he attempts to populate his mental and emotional landscape. As the poems progress, the invoked characters take on lives of their own beyond the speaker, eventually breaking off from the central narrative in order to lead their own attempts at world-building. It is easy, as a writer—and moreover as a person—to invent and populate fantasies and ideas. It is really interesting, however, to learn how to live with the consequences of your fantasies and ideas. Dear Gloria deals with the ideas of women as spells and spells as incantations to invoke a thing. However: you don't get to just invoke something and then that's it. You have to learn to live with it and with the life it takes on beyond what you could ever pretend to dream of.