Sep/Oct 2018 • Vol. XL No. 5 PoetrySeptember 1, 2018 |

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—it keeps its own low profile—working in the background to the selfless indirections of its own momentum like roadside banks seeded by road repair in their scatter of crown vetch over the landscapes of open highways —then let be—ground cover for protection of disturbed soils— reasonably dense nutritive hardy—low maintenance— perennial once established—cost-effective self-sustaining attractive enough and excellent for its purpose — it has a niche —unnoticed at accelerated cruising speeds — synchronizing a cellular and insulated conversation with eyes focused on the road—ignoring the blur of the rooted bloom that in extremes of drought and flood keeps dust and stone in place —a definite—animate scent—if noticed—only up close— —in—between bees—winter—dies back to almost nothing

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Roger Desy works a small body of poems until they work themselves. While we’re born and will die on this planet, our relation to it is intimate. He taught literature and creative writing, edited technical manuals, helped set up a neglected one-room schoolhouse as a venue for readings/music/community programs, raised a family that now raises itself, and “learned cat” from the sweetest tabby that ever adopted one of our kind. A few poems are in Cider Press Review, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, and South Carolina Review.

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