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William Stobb

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William Stobb is the author of Absentia (Penguin, 2011). He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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On 20th between Madison and Ferry
a line of municipal maples binds the community
to an orderly, serviceable beauty. Platforms
from which our sparrows and starlings
might decorate our domestic sedans,
perhaps these trees serve most to stimulate
the car wash economy. Today, they remind