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L a r r y   D .   T h o m a s


Way Out West


Bare, desolate, windswept,

raw, depressing, dreary,

and pale are the seven

interlocking pieces


of its picture puzzle

of bleakness. Its wind’s

a phantom, tireless whetter

grinding its denizens


against the whetstone

of the desert

to dust. Its plant

and animal lives,


what few are fully lived,

are caught in a susurrous

sonata of three movements: “Youth,”

“Doomed Love,” and “Dotage.”






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