Academic journal article Field

The Reception Continues

Academic journal article Field

The Reception Continues

Article excerpt

It is night and everyone

is looking at the barn.

One by one each person

steps forward in the darkness.

They run their fingers along its walls

-between the slats, beneath the paint

where it has peeled away-and talk to it.

Many get splinters. They all

loved the barn. Pain is the price.

Then someone lights a match.

It starts small then grows.

The light. Everyone turns away

as the flames obscure the barn

and blow into the fields, stalk to stalk

until everything the whole thing goes up

in one fluid gasp.

Could have been anything

inside the barn. Could have been

grain or hay. Could have been

horses moving their eyes and tails

in several directions. …

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