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John Blair

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John Blair is the author of Playful Song Called Beautiful (University of Iowa Press, 2016), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. He directs the creative writing program at Texas State University and lives in San Marcos, Texas.

by this poet

A youngest brother turns seventeen with a click as good as a roar,
finds the door and is gone.
You listen for that small sound, hear a memory.
The air-raid sirens howled of summer tornadoes, the sound

thrown back against the scattered thumbs
of grain silos and the open Oklahoma plains
like the warning wail of