May/June 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Nature's NatureMay 1, 2017 |

Wilderness

the rain like drops of cold leadit's hard in this city to keep a grip on the natural world poking its snout through the wovenwire fence on 7thor while ordering fried chicken to go on Ave C where once the carts like tiny sailing ships broughtalarm clocks and unblessed remnants the linden leaves and locust leaves like green sprays blow down 5th to meet the stiff leaves of bur oaksand elm leaves like slender jimmies for all the locks of memory on 8th the remains of a garden or lost civilization rise to a grassy mound wherechildren veer into fantasy and only bits of spotless sky torn from a secret book appear above the lost and broken. 

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Charlie Smith has written five New York Times Notable Books and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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