about the author

Marcia LeBeau has been published in Moon City Review, Rattle, SLANT, and others. Her poem “Gardening the Forest” was recently chosen to be included in the fourteenth Crack the Spine anthology. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ creative writing program and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Marcia lives in South Orange, New Jersey.


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Goody Girl  

Marcia LeBeau



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The woman on my hairband packaging looks
like my friend Heather. So much so that I say hello
to her each time I slide a black ring of rubber down
the cardboard. I think the executives who chose her
as their Goody package model would be delighted
by my warm reaction to their “Goody Girl.” Me,
I’m just grasping desperately to any strand
of happiness the morning will offer.





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