May/June 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 3 Nature’s NatureMay 16, 2022 |

望 鄉 / Home-Gazing

After Hesiod, “Works and Days,” lines 400–500 When summer ceases its blister, when autumn rain cools flesh with downpour and thunder, and Mars hangs high in the sky, wheels over stretches of prairie and plain, gather your returning soldiers: men used to hardship and hunger; make them take up axe and blade to harvest timber whose wood is free of worms. Let them hew logs for crossties, eight feet each; teach them to slick lumber with creosote and hold the heavy beams upright, those hundred-pound sleepers. And when the spiker comes with his ash-handled maul, tell them look awake: many have split arms and legs open in the wide swings of his windmilling blows. An experienced man needs only three strikes, but mile after mile nicks metal heads, splits handles and wears down arms and backs an

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Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee, and three books of poetry, A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope. Her newest book of poems, Imaginary Vessels, will be published in October 2016.

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