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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 at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 8 collections of poetry and over 350 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. She is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and author of two children’s books from Boyds Mills Press: A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems. Her short story collection, What She Was Saying, was one of three finalists for the Katherine Anne Porter Book Award. The recipient of numerous awards, Marjorie lives with her husband and two children (now ages 10 and 12) in Williamsport, PA. She gives readings and school visits across the country. For information about this and for reviews of her books, please see her LHU biography.


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