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Walker Evans’s “Truck and Sign, 1928-1930.” from The New York Times

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Wythe County in July – Dolores Hayden 

      Stare…
—Walker Evans’s advice to young artists

So here’s a board-and-batten house—
a wall of planks with ragged ends
behind the windows’ splitting sills—

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from “The Day Winter Gives Way” – Matthew Thorburn

Now it’s December
and snow over
everything: even this
dirtiest city—
cellophane bits skittering
in the wind, crushed
paper cups, drops
of motor oil
along 23lst Street—
gets whited out. Which is

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Getting It Right – Kevin Carey

In grammar school I stuttered,
felt the hot panic on my face
when my turn to read crept up the row.

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Cattail History – Noah Warren

The lake dry; it seethes.
Rust creeps through
brittle reeds, seeps into
the rustling seed-heads—
one stalk bows
beneath the weight
of the blackbird’s feet.

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