After Reading 'Mickey in the Night Kitchen' for the Third Time Before Bed
- Wear, Delese
- Date of entry: Nov-22-1996
This poem is a very natural, very private mother-daughter moment that celebrates the female body. A light-spirited let's-name-body-parts moment has emerged on the bed as "My daughter spreads her legs / to find her vagina." What follows is part spontaneous, light-spirited comparison between the daughter's body and her mother's ("She demands / to see mine"), and a reminder that this "is what a stranger cannot touch / without her yelling."
W. W. Norton