October 21, 2008 / Creative Writing
In this poem, Marjorie Maddox considers the potential for salvation in catastrophe when we open our eyes to change.
Marjorie Maddox is Director of Creative Writing at Lock Haven University. She has 8 collections of poetry and over 280 published poems, short stories, and essays. Maddox is also the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. She has received numerous awards for her writing and has two children’s books forthcoming from Boyds Mills Press. She lives in Williamsport, PA, with her husband and two children.
In this short story, Marjorie Maddox provides an insightful and poetic look into the lives of people with masochistic pathologies, people who when “eating an apple [bite] right into the bruise” and can’t help but perpetuate relational and psychological self-harm.