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Aleda Shirley

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Aleda Shirley is the author of Dark Familiar (Sarabande Books, 2006).

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Taxes due, the anniversary of Henry James’s death,
& a brilliant sky rinsed of pollen & glare by yesterday’s
record rain. From the magnolia in my front yard

the Mexican workers who are here to fix
the foundation of my house have hung their lunches
in grocery bags–they look like