Summer 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 3 Poetry |

Muguet des Bois

I was an unopened action figure hidden inside an egg insidean ovary. The next thing I knew I was on the couch reading Madame Bovary. And when I finished I could not move. I took to bed with Anna Karenina and a great zoom of sadness on top of me. The paper came from trees, I pressed flowers between the pages and had a forest where I could talk and not be overheard. And still I could not walk.

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Mary Ruefle is the author of the forthcoming book Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose (The Most of It, Wave Books, 2008), and a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed!, (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).

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