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Fairytales are Real

Near the sea steps

she inexplicably

took his hand and began

to run buildings

that had not been rebuilt,

the streets ambling

into autumn of police

shields preparing

for choppy waves

of green. Memory history

becomes an image

thrown on the face

of a water body; skewed,

beautiful, like decomposing

permafrost amid comfort

in knowing the sun

progresses toward

dust just as do we,

a doe, or garage.


Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN America Literary Award. He is the publisher of the cultural magazine Action, Spectacle.


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