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In Your Second Mojave Springtime by JC Alfier



In Your Second Mojave Springtime


If you arrive where saltbush

stretches along switchbacks


that sidle toward mining

camps abandoned


years back, you might rest

in the ragged shade


of an ore bin tower

that shelters the toxic


slide of rattlers, find an orphan

chunk of silver or zinc


the last monsoon

failed to sweep away


and wind didn’t thrum with sand,

you’ll tread ground


where a sunstruck fugitive

once declared his need for sleep


under the brilliant green

of a catclaw acacia,


the air about him shimmering

with the quiet reach of the sun.




JC Alfier’s most recent book of poetry, The Shadow Field, was published by Louisiana Literature Press (2020). Journal credits include The Emerson Review, New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Vassar Review. He is also an artist doing collage and double-exposure work.

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