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Joe Hall

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Joe Hall

Joe Hall is the author of The Devotional Poems (Black Ocean, 2013). He teaches at SUNY Buffalo and lives in Kenmore, New York.

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The forest rings so wide, it is the world. The sky, ocean,
In hand rising to tides, particulate excreta. The river mouth

The moon lights in blindness through the forest, hot,
        tumbling silver by houses
Like mushrooms crowded. Ladder by ladder, neighbors


How could the news come?
We drove with my second cousins to
The orchards at the feet of the Catskills.

We cut three names into a tree.
And when I burned my wrist in the cannery
So badly it began to bubble,

You were there with a bucket of cold water.
Among the tons of