No mortal ever learns to go to sleep definitively. No baby, animal or vegetable, intends to sink his vehicle in so soundless a lake. In such cloudy houses, shadows take the shape of something "put to sleep." Any oblivion is a field or maze a creature grazes in for private reasons. The edible flower taken
Miranda Field is the author of Swallow (Houghton-Mifflin, 2002). Her honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award and the Katherine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Award. She lives in Manhattan and teaches at New York University and Barnard College.