ROUGH TRADE

Vagabond hummer, 
ruby-throated. 

Unquenchable, 
raises his belt

to your back. What
lesions? Demons 

depart. Milk run
bursting. A troop ship:

dessert. Rifle 
the pockets

of a corporal 
and lean

in a doorway, 
hefting sack, slows 

but will not stop – 
twenty-seven 

railroad men.
Dented white plains

anesthetized and barren.
The receiver lifted 

from its cradle
weeps. Dress

oblivion, honored 
guest.



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Adam Day’s forthcoming collection is A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, April 2015). He is the recipient of a 2010 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, Lana Turner, APR, Guernica, Iowa Review, BOMB, AGNI, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. He also directs the Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Bernheim Forest.