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The scree of the chimney swifts
The facade’s crawling notations
The shopper’s cumbersome gifts
The mop’s defenestrations

The green rust under the nails
The feuding done in secret
The dogs with docked ears and tails
The liquor served in a tea set

The graffiti on the church door
The graph of the window spider
The pickpocket’s mute score
The furnace’s all-nighter

The kneeling beggar’s cap
The cobblestone splattered with cheese
The satchel clutched in the lap
The native word for “Please!”

Mark Jarman’s latest collection is Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems (2011). He teaches at Vanderbilt University.
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