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The Fir Tree Prisoner
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I heard distinctly the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir bough repeat its teasing sound.

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

In my night dreams, a fir tree hand knocks
its knuckle on the windowpane. Try as I might,
I cannot force the glass out of its soldered frame,
but the fir remains my night companion,
stiffening in its bark at sunrise, and when I wake
the bedclothes are soaked by dew, or milk, or sap.

Zoë Brigley  

Zoë Brigley is originally from Wales but now lives in Pennsylvania. She has published two poetry collections in the United Kingdom: The Secret (Bloodaxe, 2007) and Conquest (Bloodaxe, 2012). Both were UK Poetry Book Society recommendations. She has taught creative writing at University of Warwick and University of Northampton. She coedited the volume Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (Routledge, 2010).

Copyright © 2012 Zoë Brigley
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Zoë Brigley. "The Fir Tree Prisoner." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40.3 (2013): 200-200. Project MUSE. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Brigley, Z.(2013). The Fir Tree Prisoner. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40(3), 200. The Feminist Press. Retrieved January 27, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Zoë Brigley. "The Fir Tree Prisoner." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40, no. 3 (2013): 200-200. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 27, 2013).
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JF - WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
VL - 40
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SP - 200
EP - 200
PY - 2013
PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
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N1 - Volume 40, Numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2012
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