Wives’ Tales: Poems by Marjorie Maddox. Number 3.03 in the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series.
Release date: February 9, 2017 [100 copies]
Marjorie Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry, including True, False, None of the Above, Local News from Someplace Else, and Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation. Co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, she is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit her web site here.
You’ve walked so far from your own body,
nobody knows whose voice you are.
You can see more; you can watch
out, peer down at the bed or the meadow–
the slick magician in charge of the trick
or the audience participant.
The telescope might pick you up:
one note bobbing in the sea
lost from its chantey, the “baaa”
caught in the fleece of a thousand sheep
on holiday from home.
You’ve sliced open the wolf,
gathered stones for his stomach,
even attached an anchor,
and still you glub-glub in the Atlantic,
keep looking for the white flag
in your voice, the proper code.
Yes, they’re repetitive,
the dits and dahs that lead into the thicket,
too slowly around the bend of your hope
into the back room. The smoke is thickest
before the scream. There is always more:
the night, the howl, the teeth glistening
in your eyes.