Abundant deprivation, glossolalia of hail on windows, the splintered ice-crust of the roadside muck:
I take the names of things that remain— stinkhorn rising over dead sweet basil, the roses’ chokehold, still, on the frozen summerhouse.
Bruce Beasley’s most recent books include Signs and Abominations (Wesleyan) and Lord Brain (Georgia, 2005). He teaches at Western Washington University.
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