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Fever Fugue

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I'm not home. I'm out of town.
My daughter calls me
on the phone. She has a fever.
My daughter calls me. I try
to comfort her. I'm out of town.
She says hold on. I hear her
vomiting in the background.
I'm out of town. My daughter
has a fever and calls me
on the phone. The sitter
is downstairs and doesn't know
what's going on. I'm out of town.
My daughter is vomiting.
Go get the sitter, I say.
She says hold on. My daughter
calls me on the phone. I try
to comfort her. I sing her a song.
My daughter's sick. I hear her
call me. I'm trying to hold on.


Erin Murphy and her husband have four children. She is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which is Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Press, 2008). She teaches English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College. You may read and listen to her work read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.


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