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Sun Sets
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It's hard to accept the first leaves yellowing like middle-aged parents.
The road is deliciously black, newly paved, its oil ablaze
with plumes of setting sun.

It's not my imagination: the boy in the truck
narrows his eyes in my direction. He wants me
because I remind him of his mother, the bitter pleasure

of wanting what couldn't want him.
He reminds me how angry I am, how much I hate 4x4s like his,
buffed by loving hands.

The frogs have fallen silent, crickets and cicadas
fiddle at the roots
of the sky's burning city, the crimson heart of summer

skips a beat, suddenly older, riper, slower,
rubbing against its own demise
like one thigh rubbing another. A nearby dog

yelps as though it's being beaten. The first leaves yellow
on limbs still growing
past the sinking sun.

Joy Ladin  

Joy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University, is the author of six books of poetry, including The Definition of Joy; Forward Fives award-winner Coming to Life; and the Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. She has also written a memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Joy Ladin. "Sun Sets." Southern Review 49.2 (2013): 283-283. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Ladin, J.(2013). Sun Sets. Southern Review 49(2), 283. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Joy Ladin. "Sun Sets." Southern Review 49, no. 2 (2013): 283-283. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 10, 2013).
T1 - Sun Sets
A1 - Joy Ladin
JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
IS - 2
SP - 283
EP - 283
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.2.ladin.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 2, Spring 2013
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