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FOUR WAY BOOKS: Joel Brouwer, Centuries
Four Way Books
by Joel Brouwer

ISBN: 1-884800-39-4
paper, 60 pages, $14.95

Surrounded by ragweed and burdock. The silo, crumbling then, invisible now. A nimbus of squirrel skulls glowing yellow in the dirt. My memory as empty. Did I climb to the barn's lightning rod, or just threaten? We weren't farmers. In summer, the dead man's fields, ours via probate caprice, sprouted gladiolus, blueberries, rhubarb. We watched bewildered, filled vases and bowls, but most of it rotted where it stood. The daffodils still come up without me to cut, rubber-band, and sell them by the roadside. Four cars a day came by. Here's the rusty coffee can I dreamed full of dimes.