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SNAKE LAKEby Thomas Lux
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Also by Thomas Lux:
Henry Clay's Mouth (1999)
The Man Into Whose Yard You Should Not Hit Your Ball (1998)
Torn Shades (1996)
He Has Lived in Many Houses (1996)
Gorgeous Surfaces (1994)
My friends, I hope you will not swim here:
this lake isn't named for what it lacks.
This is not just another vacant scare.
They're in there--knotted, cruel, and thick
with poison, some of them. Others bite
with their needles behind your knees.
in avoiding what will kill you: cool pleasure
not in homage, but to bite you as you sink.
Copyright © 1984 by Thomas Lux. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, December 1984.