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Justin Phillip Reed

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Justin Phillip Reed

Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. He received his BA at Tusculum College in Tusculum, Tennessee and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

by this poet

I do think of them
from time to time—
just now sucking the pulp

of a tangerine
the taste of which
is mostly texture,

in this spin-drunk season
that seems to forget
—us. —itself.

At the job I lost,
their husk carcasses
with the locust bean’s

cracked brown pods
rustled on the brick steps
leading into the white-