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Take the line of the road.
Take the spray paint marking
the plots of homes unbuilt.
Here where birds nest at the dry bottom of the swimming pool.
Take the water leftover.
Leave before asking of it to remain.
The film of papery snow.
The plane of sight stretches west
and the West ends.
The love of the sun-blank afterward
is the love of it ending.
Brandon Kreitler is the author of Late Frontier, selected by Major Jackson for the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship, and the recipient of a Discovery/Boston Review Prize from the 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center. He lives in New York City and edits the email Practice Catalogue.
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