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For Keith Johnson


‘Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.’ Carl Sandburg


I presume, since Carl Sandburg was a poet

of the railroad and the five-and-dime,

of prairie skies and the remarkableness

of the people, they are American

biscuits – that cross between scone and bannock –

to mop up the gravy from your beans

on the Chisholm Trail to Dodge City.


According to Homer, among others,