Fall 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2014 |

Hosea 4:3

Therefore shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the [river] also shall be taken away. Therefore doves are holy. Therefore seek repentance  at buckshot scattering. Therefore sing and see oaks shivering at distance in the summer wind passing  through them concretely—warmer than before now. Therefore the melody you make joins the choir of them.  Therefore know the deer's patience, then their confusion at air's east to west shift, hunters' blinds keyed on them.  Therefore understand grace Baptists seek each Sunday is Baptists breaking free from the pain inside them  the same way white tails flee from nearby predators. Therefore Blizzards held upside down at Dairy Queen  are described as "frozen." Therefore Exodus must be a trip taken next for some barbecue picked from the pit  at Cooper's. Therefore notice the spit of the man dipping snuff outside Circle

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