Mountain Man

Mountain Man

Hot-wired bears have foregone the berry,
ripping car doors off at night, prankster jocks
crashing through the brake on a candy high.

They pace their dens to a tight sugar clock,
and lie all day in the tall grass,
scratching at their dusty coats, idly tracking

long threads of milkweed butterflies.
Here and there he points out evidence
of ursine peaks and troughs.

He sets to showing me how to coax
a rag of flame from a nest
of shredded juniper bark...Pay attention!

But the forest scent, its list of bitters,
recalls me to the seam of moss pinched tight
between the paving slabs back home:

the velvet folds where Little-Boy-Green
has caught his princely britches,
fleeing to the underworld.


from A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe Books, 2009) © Patrick Brandon 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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2Grand Union

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3Red on Maroon

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4Dolphin

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5Higgs Bison

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6The Night Studio

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7Flat Dad

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8Writing from the Imperial Three Star

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9Bikini

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10The All Night Service Station within the Heart

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12Sade

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13Bush Craft

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14Lichen

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15Leading Man

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16Geneva

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17Local Sauce

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18Stuff

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19The Full Kit

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20Diamonds

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21A Sloping Pitch

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22Retro Ascent

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23Attic

24Night Signals

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25Downsizer

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26New World Guest House

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28Clean

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29Y

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30The Bike

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31Pro Rata

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32The Lawn

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33Boy with Cat in Harness

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34Sunday

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36Oh Yes, Yes ... I Think I Can See it Now

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37En Plein Air

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40Powder

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41Howitzer

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