Jane Springer Poems

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1.
Murder Ballad

Who made the banjo sad & wrong?
Who made the luckless girl & hell bound boy?
Who made the ballad? The one, I mean,
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2.
What We Call Frog Hunting

This is the last 2 a.m. song fit for poling a johnboat through the swamp
so we may glide, quiet enough, to catch frogs with our hands.

It's the year Robertlee can't afford a suit to take me to prom.
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3.
Pretty Polly

Who made the banjo sad & wrong?
Who made the luckless girl & hell bound boy?
Who made the ballad? The one, I mean,
where lovers gallop down mountain brush as though in love—
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4.
Mules

When they told us Don't speak until spoken to, we grew
ears the size of corn.
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5.
Salt Hill

I was born in a Tennessee sanatorium hours after my mother's father died & I know
how the womb becomes a salt-sea grave.
I was born in the last seconds of small crops & small change rained down on the
collection plate's felt palate & I know
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6.
Don'T Let Your Mouth Write A Check Your Butt Can'T Cash

We should all be
so sure the check's in the mail & the cash in the bank & the bank
in the black—forgive me the promises I took back:
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7.
Calvary Letter

That shell of our house in Calvary, Georgia no longer reminds me
of the porch—old couch & crush of blackberries,
empty-paned windows, cracked board of Lady Day's voice thrown
into the musk-dirt yard where we danced—
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8.
Letter To The Dark

I write you on a host of unseen things: The fine impression of bones
dissolved in the face of a stone—
on tendrils of incense allemanding through the first ambrosial jasmine,
verdant & white-starflower spring.
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