Memorial

It’s nice to remember the houses floating on water. It’s nice to stand on shore and sing a hymn of praise while candles burn in the windows. It’s nice to dream the loaves rising in ovens and the floors dusted with flour, the women with beautiful hair falling like cities into darkness, the long nights

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The Long Heat Wave

for Gerald Stern Give me back the long heat wave, the sweat dripping from eyelashes, the stained blouses, the black windows, the spiders dangling from their silver bridges, the wasps lighting on the branches of the cedar bushes as they waited for me to make a dash for the screen door. Give me back Herman

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