Magazine | January 23, 2017, Issue

Poetry

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AMONG THE STATIONS

A frozen steeple cock announced the place –

A town like any other on that coast:

The rusty docks, inert, insoluble,

Real estate booming, tech at full sail,

And a hitching post fit to menace drunks.

Our headlights fished those avenues in vain,

But sometimes sweeping past a fence would silver

Stands of birch, or fade against the flanks

Of enormous forests, white pine and red,

Tall as ships dwarfing shipwrecked Puritans.

Later, on the Old Post Road, we picked up

An AM station like a living flame,

A sanctuary light that hosted centuries.

Then a horn blast made the valleys tremble,

The dry flats and graveyards of New England –

You’ll hear the trumpet sound

To wake the nations underground;

Look in my God’s right hand

When the stars begin to fall!

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Beliefs of the 99 Percent Kevin D. Williamson attempts (“Superman Politics,” December 31) to articulate complex economic policy for the 0.4 percent “who follow these things closely.” That makes me part ...
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The Week

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Poetry

AMONG THE STATIONS A frozen steeple cock announced the place – A town like any other on that coast: The rusty docks, inert, insoluble, Real estate booming, tech at full sail, And a hitching post ...

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