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hottest july

on record. we’ve heard it before, the hottest ____ on record. just fill in the revolving blank. hail mary, full of grace ravenous wildfires. floods. look! here’s video, a camper van...

For Niño at Coffin’s Beach

Your parents smuggled the parts that would be you in separate caravans across the Rio Grande. Now you invite me to hold the stuffed toy mongoose that barks against the...

World on Fire

Day is blood-orange red because fire possesses everything now, because fire says, enough. Rain is lost over the ocean. Jump, says dolphin, water and rocks will catch you. Believe...

Lobo

For Paulo Paulinho Guajajara, known as “Lobo”, Guardian of the Amazon, killed by illegal loggers I guard the forest its canopy of reflected stars the morpho butterflies+++...

Miasma

All over the air was yellow. Brown sky; spilling poison plumes. I thought the stacks were pretty. At the rim of the lake: dead algae, dead shrimp, decaying birds...

Her Sabbath Dress

Rivkah Yosselevska stood on a hillock outside the Zagrodski Ghetto and saw her mother. Naked. Shot in the head. Then she saw her father. He refused to...

Kingwood, West Virginia

I almost died in West Virginia, not from the cold or heat— in winter there’s dead trees to burn, in summer the Cheat River. Perhaps I...

Cold Requiem

Tonight the harbor is the sea: waves thunder, detonate on rocks, slosh over the seawall. The glaring moon has dissolved the stars. Few others are out, it is...

Lakefill

Summer in Chicago. Day five with the cousins. You are with your sister at a different lake. When you come home we will divorce. We have not told...

Greylock Glen

yarrow+ ferns +vetch +++clamber over stone foundations ++++++++of the vanished cabins ++++++++of the extraordinarily stubborn who tried to farm steep slopes +++who built beside quick brooks but one day had...

Papa Cussed for Fun

Papa hated liverwurst and ordered it just to cuss. To plant his flag in the restaurant. To watch the waiter tremble before Caesar one moment and beg...

Altered

A yard is a box with its lid tilted up so anyone can look inside +++++++++++++++++++and get closure. I looked all day through the gaps in...