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Maxine Scates

Maxine Scates is the author of three books of poetry: Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh, 1989), Black Loam (Cherry Grove, 2005), and Undone (forthcoming from New Issues in 2011). Her poems have been awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, and a 2010 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.


What Do We Know and When Do We Know It?

Hot day, an old guy is climbing into a tractor, bright orange, as yet ungouged by gravel or tree stump. He’s testing levers and gears and settling into a seat built only for him while we sit at the signal next to the tractor lot, next to an oi [...]