The base’s shaded library had
shiny tiles and shelves of promise. 
In nearby blocky buildings, 
our parents designed missiles 
meant to keep us safe, but in the 
library we had Merlin and caves, 
mystery and wilderness, and this: 
the peculiar security of magic.
Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she's an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. She's the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), and Curiosities (Unsolicited Press).

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