May/June 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 3 |

If You Draw Rightly On A Wound, It Might Righten

Read a micro-conversation with the author here.   And so? And so they drive over arid floors Of long-departed seas, and up with the land’s ramp   Off the continental shield. They witness the mural Of mountains emerge, and they span the North Platte                   Near the train-bridge trusses,                     Career in the wind-boom of trucks                   Through basin, past bluff—   Straight through? No, no, they stop at a tattooist’s hut. What for? Why, to mark themselves for themselves.   Is this their first? Yes, and they—What is it of? He gets a barn-swallow. She her twin brother’s initials.         

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Jesse Nathan is a lecturer in the English Department at UC Berkeley. His poems appear in Paris Review, Yale Review, the Nation, and elsewhere. He grew up in rural Kansas and lives now in San Francisco.

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