This poem is taken from Stand 234, 20(2) July - September 2022.

Michelle Penn antidote
Duckabush River, Washington, USA

                                                    I’m waiting for the river, my body of city stink and tight
                                                    teeth, I’m waiting where the cedar trunks soldier, guarding
                                                    against flat-earth flags, demagogues      the river, slicing ferns
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