And It Was Good

by Marjorie Maddox Issue: Spring/Summer 2019

Not the green-grey sludge

snaking to the river’s edge.


Not the sun’s overdone orb

baking the snake to a dry bed of dust.


Not the hands of a man cracking open

stones in a barren bed of dirt


beside a field void of crops,

or trees, or snakes, or


soul. Not the frickin’ fracking

or the culture-draining pipe.


And the morning and the evening

of the umpteenth billionth year…


And it was not good, not not good,

not not not not not not not not not not not not not

Marjorie Maddox

Marjorie Maddox, professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University and Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA), has published 11 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize; re-release 2018); True, False, None of the Above (Poiema Poetry Series, Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf and Stock); Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press); Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award)—the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite Press); several children’s books; Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (co-editor; Penn State University Press); Presence (assistant editor); and over 550 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. Currently, she and photographer Karen Elias are collaborating on several projects. For more information, please see