Dailies 9/29/16: the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail, & fathers + the sea

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Oregon Trail
Adam Fitzgerald

 

A thief stole 6 oxen from your wagon.
SPACE BAR to continue.
You decide to rest.
You lug back 88 lbs. of otter meat.
You have reached Blue River Crossing.
Bindi has died.
You have typhoid.
Next landmark: 88 miles.

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TO SWALLOW THESE CATASTROPHES

Nick Narbutas 

 

The sea dies like an elephant.

First to its knees, then all in.

The sea dies and each of us

feels a twinge in the gut, an urchin rising

into us.  The sea dies like a dog.

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The Permanent Way

Meg Day

            Steamtown National Historic Site was created in 1986 to
preserve the history of steam railroading in America,
concentrating on the era 1850 through 1950.

We weren’t supposed to, so we did
——what any band of boys would do
& we did it the way they did in books
——none of us would admit we stole
from our brothers & kept hidden

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