May/June 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 3 Nature’s Nature 2020May 1, 2020 |

New Year

In the last year I’ve been unable to banish a single monster slavering in the light of the moon, or rid my days of this stupid old man in Washington that is president and is kind of amazing how awful he is. All these poems, hot as a glede, a word I learned from Tolkien, I think, and what have I accomplished? Love me, a little, they plead; they preen like birds so alive all around is a little dull and songless and colorless and near death. I care that Florida is ruined, mostly, that its aquifers are poisoned by metals I can’t pronounce, that everywhere water is draining away and used up and no good to those who thirst. Right now, I’m starving. I want meat and fire and an ancient hearth and someone singing and no livestream of this stupid moment. I don’t want right now, and tell me if this is nostalgia. How in my bones I feel entitled to some cosmic do-over. Of what? I can’t say. When you see me, when you say hello, or rehearse a sad joke, let me

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Paul Guest is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Because Everything Is Terrible, and a memoir, One More Theory About Happiness. His writing has appeared in POETRY, Paris Review, Tin House, Slate, New England Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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