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.
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