Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Afternoon Nap

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My daughter dreams breasts, lip-synching lunch.
I am the large one beside her,
a sleepy parenthesis curl for her appetite.
Like a sleepwalker descending stair
after stair with rhythmic certainty,
she munches the air convinced of flesh and fluid.
I dream of rest, also fooled.


Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 11 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize Winner); True, False, None of the Above (Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace ElsePerpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); the short story collection, What She Was Saying (Fomite); children’s books; Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (co-editor); Presence (assistant editor); and over 550 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies.


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