For weeks they threw everything
dead or dying into it and then
they didn’t pay much attention to it

until the fall, when the evenings
started to get chilly. Then they invited
a few friends over and lighted a fire …

* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


William Virgil Davis’s most recent book of poetry is Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New. His earlier books are: The Bones Poems; Landscape and Journey (New Criterion Poetry Prize and Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry); Winter Light; The Dark Hours (Calliope Press Chapbook Prize); and One Way to Reconstruct the Scene (Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize). His poems have appeared in major periodicals worldwide.

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