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(YellowglenPrize); True, False, None of the Above(Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else;Perpendicular 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 550+ stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. www.marjoriemaddox.com 


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