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Nathaniel Tarn

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Nathaniel Tarn is the author of more than thirty books, most recently the poetry collections Gondwana and Other Poems (New Directions, 2017) and The Persephones (Damiani, 2016). He lives in New Mexico.

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Sitting, facing the sun, eyes closed. I can hear the 
sun. I can hear the bird life all around for miles. 
It flies through us and around us, it takes up all 
space, as if we were not there, as if we had never 
interrupted this place. The birds move diorami-
cally through our heads, from ear to ear. What