About this poet

Ange Mlinko is the author of Marvelous Things Overheard: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).

Stet Stet Stet

Ange Mlinko

Where the curve of the road rhymes with the reservoir's
and cleared of the leafy veils that for six months
obscured it,
the landscape's wet chestnut
in the gray descended cloud
intones You're lucky to live in a watershed
so no vast tracts of tacky drywall
turn the land into peremptory enclosures.
You've bought in.
The venial sin:
being exceptional.
Reading Hölderlin.
And the natural hallucinogen of joy
helium-cum-oxygen
leaving wordy outputs
hanging on piney tenterhooks
while all the wild protected liminal woods
contrive a blind.

From Shoulder Season by Ange Mlinko. Copyright © 2010 by Ange Mlinko. Used by permission of Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.

From Shoulder Season by Ange Mlinko. Copyright © 2010 by Ange Mlinko. Used by permission of Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.

Ange Mlinko

Ange Mlinko is the author of Marvelous Things Overheard: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).

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Sunday takes us to the relic-boxes of small Texas towns,
their shops of Sears and Roebuck
            sewing machine stands,
bordello bedframes, and scrap-metal lawn art: a butterfly
stakes a Spartan garden
            with pollen rust.
Learning the hard way not to touch even the brass panel
of a swinging