May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) NatureMay 1, 2018 |

Two Autumns, Saint Louis

Now do you know where you are?    —C. D. Wright Calvary Cemetery Driving up Union to get there, all the yard signs saying, We Must Stop Killing Each Other— A sign blaring CRISPY SNOOT— An abandoned two-story with the windows blown out—a cooler and a bucket on the porch roof outside a second-story window — At Calvary Cemetery, Groundskeeper Lambert "like the airport": What are you looking for? Tennessee Williams. Say it again? We asked to see the graves of Tennessee Williams, Dred Scott, and Kate Chopin; he obliged with the first two but as to the third, he hadn't heard of her. On his own he showed us four things:      The hill where all the priests are buried—      The large hill empty of markers—          "That's where the mass graves are, cholera, diphtheria, real Wrath of          God stuff, we don't dig there—ever."      A giant wasp nest hanging in the crook of

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Dana Levin
Dana Levin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Rilke Prize. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis.

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