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Nathan Parker



Arkansas, or Epistemology


Once upon a time

my grandma Crystal-Nay

eased into her


cracked leather boots,

sprayed the crud

off her garden hoe


& rode out to meet

the family of rattlesnakes



the soft blacktop

my grandpa, Clyde, former

buyer for Sears,


poured in the woods.

She rode back

victorious. The red


birds who needed her

for seeds & clean water

sang an old hymn --


I considered their point

from the cedar gazebo

my dad built,


slurping a root-beer

float my mom didn’t

know about.


At sundown,

one rattlesnakehead

was still twitching…


I tried it on.




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