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Department of Acoustic Appliances
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I listen to July on the bricks, the weeds growing tall
below the heat. At the bottom of the hill,
three hardcore bands in the old box factory
churn out their simultaneous reliquaries,
sped-up prayers to no one in particular.
It is always postwar here.
Some days I want to give it all back,
this house, the neighborhood, the city,
to the silt and the wolves, the long flocks
of the sea folded and alluvial inside the clay.
But that’s not my decision. Instead, I turn
the porch light on for the spider, the bulb
brings gnats, and soon the whole web is alive
and shining, as if evening could only begin
with these small deaths. Instead, I buy outdoor
furniture, citronella, gas for the mower, which is
the opposite of giving it back. I throw seed
to the pigeons because the whippoorwills of my youth
are now pigeons, no more chuck-will’s-widow
through the low pines, signaling down the meadow
a living radio mouthing news to the wind,
quarried from the architecture of some child’s song
in an old, dead time. It isn’t enough, but I’ll take
what I can get. Look, there I am, a man
bent at fixing himself somewhere, in the space
between our being and the earth that is.

Joshua Poteat  

Josip Novakovich teaches writing at Concordia University in Montreal. His most recent book is Shopping for a Better Country. His work has won several awards, including the Whiting Writers’ Award and an Ingram Merrill Foundation award. He was a 2013 finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

Copyright © 2014 Louisiana State University Press
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Joshua Poteat. "Department of Acoustic Appliances." Southern Review 50.2 (2014): 190-190. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Poteat, J.(2014). Department of Acoustic Appliances. Southern Review 50(2), 190. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Joshua Poteat. "Department of Acoustic Appliances." Southern Review 50, no. 2 (2014): 190-190. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
T1 - Department of Acoustic Appliances
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JF - Southern Review
VL - 50
IS - 2
SP - 190
EP - 190
PY - 2014
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v050/50.2.poteat.html
N1 - Volume 50, Number 2, Spring 2014
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