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Back 40: Coda

Written by Chris Dombrowski  
November 2016

Under a winter’s worth of melting snow,

Swan Lake is a fresh sheet of rice paper

and the half-sunk round of larch
charred from an ice fisherman’s fire

the precise place the Great Poet
rested her ink-wet brush momentarily

before raising it, and abandoning
the poem for the view.