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  • two of her many grand poems.

    What Kind of Times Are These


    There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
    and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
    near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
    who disappeared into those shadows.

    I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
    this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
    our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
    its own ways of making people disappear.

    I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
    meeting the unmarked strip of light—
    ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
    I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

    And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
    anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
    to have you listen at all, it's necessary
    to talk about trees.




    In paradise every
    the desert wind is rising
    third thought
    in hell there are no thoughts
    is of earth
    sand screams against your government
    issued tent hell’s noise
    in your nostrils crawl
    into your ear-shell
    wrap yourself in no-thought
    wait no place for the little lyric
    wedding-ring glint the reason why
    on earth
    they never told you
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