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Daedalus' Daughter

Anne C. Coon


Part One
Daedalus' Daughter     8           
Passenger     9
Catch and Release     10
Turkey in the Straw     11
Menarche     12
Honeoye Lake     13
Western Wind Reconsidered     14
What's Lost      15
This Tender Cage     21

Part Two
Queen Anne's Lace     32
Oyster Stew     34
Duly Noted     36
Under the Piecèd Quilt     37
Still, electric     38
Getting Pregnant     39
Gramercy Park Film Noir     40
Insomnia     41
Memory Made Flesh     42
Prayer     43
What then?     44
The First 34 Stages of Grief     45
Don't     46
Hang-up Call     47
Reclaiming Earth     48
Ephemera     49

From the book:

Daedalus' Daughter

My father and I both fly at night.
He takes off from a waterbed
moored at the edge of the lake,
while I, a land-locked second-story sleeper,
rise and skim the night air
thirty miles away.

He soars high, agile and air-borne,
-- bursting out of formation --
while I hover below ceilings
rise through doorways  
swim just above the details of the day.

And tho' we've never met
on these nocturnal trips
we each recognized at once
the joy the other recalled:
the muscles in the arms drawing down
as the torso rises aloft, pulling away, coasting,
veering with the will of the body.

In these solitary flights, not buoyed
by mite-bitten feathers,
castoffs of a better bird,
but borne up entirely -- and only --
by the arched frame of imagination
we leave behind the ideograms of our lives
the sculpted rooms, gardens, and roads:
seen from above,
a labyrinth.

Anne C. Coon's poetry has appeared in several journals, including Northeast Corridor, Proteus, The Lyric, Earth's Daughters, and Women's Studies, and in the anthology Literature:  Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama and the Essay (McGraw-Hill).  She is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literature in the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology and also teaches creative writing workshops for Writers & Books in Rochester, New York. She recently completed Via del Paradiso, a book of poems from Siena, Italy, and is currently working on a novel.

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