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On Seeds

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There are seeds in every abandoned house, in the dry rotted floorboards and the mildewy walls, in the moss on the roof where sunlight doesn’t reach. The seeds are in the windowsills, in the clawfoot tub with as many rings as Saturn, in the rusty water stain around the drain. The seeds hang with the chains that used to hold …

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River Art

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Sycamores mostly, some a hundred years old, peeled off the banks and sent like torpedoes downriver to collect together as Mother Nature’s art.

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Old names along a meandering drive

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“Next morning we caromed across Lyon Township, named for the first Union general killed in the Civil War, at Wilson’s Creek. We passed Neeper, and the hill where the old Cracker-Neck School stood, and the site of an old place called A Bit Nation, so-called because the soil was so poor the government sold the land for a bit: 12.5 …

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…when a thousand words were more ready than a picture

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Two agonizing pages into The House of the Seven Gables, the spine on my book fell off. Should I keep reading? The book itself was old and brittle, stiff as its author’s language. But I kept reading, whereupon from the middle of its yellowed pages, an ominous bookmark fell out. Instantly I saw the words In Remembrance. America’s little shirt …

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12,000 Poles Down

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The storm spread a path of destruction through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In two Bootheel counties alone, the ice toppled 12,000 telephone poles.

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