Fire came   was the first lineof every story—it spread like story—quicker, though,   so no one knewthe how or why whiloe they were roaringThis is it!   In the teeth of lightwe made the changes creatures maketo appear strong   or appear gone—spines and antlers, slits of black,fire-camouflage,   heat-subterfuge,feigning of death, feigning of terms—Upon all fire   we turn our fireand we will seek it in two forms:sunset—   when it can’t be yet—savaging into our sights, or this softshape it takes:   these cringing wicks,shorn of their halos, spat on, snuffed.—Glyn Maxwell, “Fire Came”Photography Credit Richard Misrach, from Richard Misrach: Destroy This Memory

Fire came
   was the first line
of every story—it spread like story—
quicker, though,
   so no one knew
the how or why whiloe they were roaring

This is it!
   In the teeth of light
we made the changes creatures make
to appear strong
   or appear gone—
spines and antlers, slits of black,

fire-camouflage,
   heat-subterfuge,
feigning of death, feigning of terms—
Upon all fire
   we turn our fire
and we will seek it in two forms:

sunset—
   when it can’t be yet—
savaging into our sights, or this soft
shape it takes:
   these cringing wicks,
shorn of their halos, spat on, snuffed.

Glyn Maxwell, “Fire Came”
Photography Credit Richard Misrach, from Richard Misrach: Destroy This Memory

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