Winter 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 1 Poetry |

What Is Wanted

Little news could be added except to note that the steady decline had accelerated, discussions were failing: driving from one section of the city to another where the bombing had intensified, but rerouted at the last moment, the areas of greatest damage went unseen, though stories always filter back alongside the news reports that seldom mention casualties, nor the instructions the army carries out in the territories where special permits are required prior to any movement if you are not a citizen, or if you are a resident but not a citizen, or if you are a citizen but not an enfranchised citizen, and even then it is difficult and explanations are closely attended to so as to receive what is wanted, a clean slate or good review, a report that suggests everything remains under control, and such incidents are unremarkable. It is like driving to the city's center we know has suffered, but turned away, and like water seeping through a roof, driven by gravity,

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