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Miriam Axel-Lute A Winter Melting The new Albany licks delicate circles up the public housing tower dissolving doomed brick-boarded windows into refuse more recognizable Each day’s end it twirls the surrounding backwaters of downtown between its fingers laps up the dusty demolition drips trying not to let past mistakes stain its new party clothes After the outer walls come down the tower stands unchanged for weeks dead plan pausing a steeple to Shiva and rebar edges blurred like a bluing tattoo interior pale green chemo-skull exposed under the highway’s hot breath of noise Not tonight so sorry got no change the highway mutters, shifting its shadow uncomfortably After 40 years of staring past each other the highway is expecting to finally hear “So what do you have to say for yourself?” and it looks resolutely toward the river preparing its case

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Profile for Lori Desrosiers

Naugatuck River Review Issue 6, Summer 2011  

Naugatuck River Review is a journal of narrative poetry. This is issue 6, Summer 2011.

Naugatuck River Review Issue 6, Summer 2011  

Naugatuck River Review is a journal of narrative poetry. This is issue 6, Summer 2011.

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