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Dear Excavator

In this debut collection, Evan D. Williams tees up more than twenty new poems and a further two dozen that first appeared in journals like Borderlands and The Mud Season Review.

THE POETS
the poets write their words for their legs to
move forward.

chagall died painting angels onto a smooth
stone. he never retired to west palm beach
to work on his golf swing. he just kept
painting angels until he was ninety-seven
& felt a little tired & went to lie down.
some poets write their words for their legs
to move forward & some painters keep
painting so their subjects have somewhere
to live. chagall kept painting so the green
goats wouldn’t get restless & start eating the
bursting bouquets growing from the folds.
so the waltzing candelabras wouldn’t snuff
out & fill his skull with smoke. so the bride
wouldn’t be all done up in her diaphanous
white gown for nothing.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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