Poetry reading by Madison Co-Poet Laureate Sarah Busse

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To say, this hour teeters over a chasm

is one path to understanding.


To say, come May, sunlight thickens

like pulled taffy is a choice.


But what are the alternatives, given such

a scrap bag of fragments, figments:


a truck’s ignition, close

of a mailbox, step of a child upstairs.


Dry sounds, though the morning

smelled like every screen door


you ever pressed your nose to, wishing.

The cardinals keep scraping away. Find me.


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