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Simone is babbling to her nighttime friend,
a small pink fabric square,
while Cal gracefully

waves himself to sleep, smoothing his hands
across the bed, his chest, the air
like someone learning
to make spiderweb.

Slow is the quality of his motion, deliberate
as his brain instructs
his body without
knowing. How can one

know? And Simone, under the sign
of her new perfection, lurches and jerks
to whatever her attention beckons:
movement is in fits, irregular

as heartthrobs, unlike Cal, the thread
of him continuously
unfurling, furling
again, some

verb with no word. You love your children
as much as anything
you were unprepared for:
fiercely, with fear,

with all the fucking hatred it takes
to sustain a self through so much
shiftless snowing. Love is
a composite. When they

revisit this site aeons from now to dig,
the bones of you—yes, me—won't fit
together to form

any coherent clue or allusion, but here
you are, today, your nest
protected from all but
what happens.

Craig Morgan Teicher  

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of Brenda Is in the Room, Cradle Book, and To Keep Love Blurry. He serves as a poetry editor for the Literary Review and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

Copyright © 2012 Craig Morgan Teicher
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Craig Morgan Teicher. "Nest." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40.3 (2013): 201-202. Project MUSE. Web. 27 Jan. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Teicher, C. M.(2013). Nest. WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40(3), 201-202. The Feminist Press. Retrieved January 27, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Craig Morgan Teicher. "Nest." WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly 40, no. 3 (2013): 201-202. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 27, 2013).
T1 - Nest
A1 - Craig Morgan Teicher
JF - WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
VL - 40
IS - 3
SP - 201
EP - 202
PY - 2013
PB - The Feminist Press
SN - 1934-1520
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/wsq/v040/40.3-4.teicher.html
N1 - Volume 40, Numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2012
ER -


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