Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 Nature’s Nature |

Bouquet

Tell the sky —  quit stealing you away. Above, storm clouds only threaten & will not stay. The sun finds us like fear, or family, fills the stomach & asks to borrow you awhile. Like sugar forgets to bring you back. My skin an orange peeling. There aren’t enough words —  only these, halting, half- erased in stone —  my wife is resting with jesus. But just how long the widower sat here, staring at the hole no dirt can fill, the wound in the ground above his twenty-year-old bride whose stone now tilts & wilts like a bouquet I cannot say.

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Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995–2015. His Book of Hours was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize; his book The Grey Album won the PEN Open Award, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. This essay has been adapted from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, longlisted for the National Book Award.

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