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Ange Mlinko

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Ange Mlinko is the author of Distant Mandate (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) and Marvelous Things Overheard: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013). She teaches at the University of Florida and lives in Gainesville.

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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
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