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Red-winged blackbird (Andrea Westmoreland, Wikimedia Commons) and Tudor-era arches from the ruins of Netley Abbey (Gillian Moy, Wikimedia Commons).


The sun is a Tudor arch sustaining the sky. In a moment it will fall. Blackbirds with crimson suns on their wings squawk in protest, and … [More]

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Ambient Life

You have invited some friends over for dinner, and each of them has brought along one or two friends, who each brought one or two more, … [More]

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Divine Fire

“No more apocalypses!” the fanatics never cry. Extinction is bliss for those who resent human life. We mocked the fizzle of New Year’s … [More]

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The Death of the Family Poem

If I built a stone wall, if I rebuilt a pre-modern wall rebuilt for millennia, if my fingertips bled from asperities exposed by capillary … [More]

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On Being Asked What’s New

Nothing’s new anymore. The vellum of a face on which is written, “Forty years, half a century.” I know that the volcano Laki caused a … [More]

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On “Tattoo”

  Tattoo The light is like a spider. It crawls over the water. It crawls over the edges of the snow. It crawls under your … [More]

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The Essentials: Wang Wei

  Going Back to Song Mountain A clear river is like a belt in the abundance of grass and bushes. On the road are few horses and … [More]