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Jenny Factor

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Jenny Factor received a BA from Harvard University in 1991 and an MFA from Bennington College Writing Seminars in 2000. She is the author of Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press, 2002), which won the 2001 Hayden Carruth Award and was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She currently teaches at Antioch University and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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How I loved
each bare floor, each
naked wall, the shadows on

newly empty halls.
By day, my head humming
to itself of dreams,

Two knights surrounded by dinosaurs
are cornered in the kitchen—all threat and bluster.
Action figures always act
even as night tries to soothe them under.

I am the one who laid a nervous hand
on a child's exhausted threat and bluster.
The bunk bed creaks as the story settles,
as night's cool hand tries to