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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), which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. 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-