The Unmarked

by Jesse Anger

Crabgrass catches the gravel shoulder
where they cut the lights and spill

from their seats. Our family graveyard:
a dusky field fenced by loosestrife,

a humped, rough hewn damp
for fireflies to come, tilted

white markers nearing nightfall.
They scroll their fingertips over names

they know are there: Freelove, Silas Avery, Sarah—
There are others they’ve forgotten

where long meadow grasses have wound
us in green for a ghost-fawn to graze,

our wet brushing their shins.
Their ankle skin so close to bone.


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Far Too Close is out of print from The Blasted Tree Store.


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Far Too Close by Jesse Anger is a composite of Blasted Tree originals and previously published work. For information about the publication history of Far Too Close, please read the Acknowledgements (Acknowledgements & Thanks).

ISBN [Digital]: 978-0-9938364-7-3

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer - Cover Image by Dimitri Castrique