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"Paradise, Nevada" — a poem by Heather Lang

Outside, the desert floor,

a frame cracked open.

 

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Abrupt landscapes,

fifty peaks torn from the sky.

 

But here babies loiter

under tinfoil moons:

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baked goods ready

for PTA meetings,

 

sweets tucked in

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beneath the aluminum.

 

Last night, our sheets: white,

like surrender. Maybe this

 

is where we should go

when we are lost. 

 

Heather Lang is a poet, editor, and literary critic. She serves as an adjunct professor at Nevada State College.  www.heatherlangwrites.com