Self Portrait as Titania in Hypnopompic Bower

Dayna Patterson


                    in morning’s fuzzlight

       grasp at the tail        of a midsummer dream

as it tries to     slip
                                                  the door
                                                             of thought

and feel           palms to fingers           silt soft

or strange slime

or spiny scrape        or slick scales

      or whisker scritch    or sussurate skin   or silk feathers


as it runs




flits                                                                               away




                                                                                     of good



Dayna Patterson is an MFA candidate at Western Washington University and Managing Editor of Bellingham Review. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, REAL, and Weave, among others. She is Poetry Editor for Psaltery & Lyre, and her chapbooks, Loose Threads and Mothering, are available from Flutter Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. 

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