Jackson Holbert's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, Muzzle, Thrush, and the minnesota review, among others. He is an undergraduate at Brandeis University and a poetry editor at The Adroit Journal.
Recuerdo fuego y un cielo de color piedra.
The old story with the old words.
Forty men in a mineshaft, fire at the adit, fire
from Washington to Montana,
an old horse-herder coughing up ash, waving his revolver
at whoever tries to leave.
Black earth, black sky, black clouds. The great ships
of the Pacific
drifting under burnt stars. The town of Wallace
packed into eighteen boxcars
chugging west on the last train to Spokane. Recuerdo fuego y un
cielo de color piedra.
The old story with the old words. Shouts. Bodies
scattered across the hogback.
The long Missouri filling with ash.
The names of the dead
sailing off the radio, ravishing smoke
hanging in the east.
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