The Buried Hatchet

begins to biodegrade and—in the style of drums of waste in shallow if not porous graves— poisons the soil beside the river, turning to bilge all of the water you …

begins to biodegrade
and—in the style
of drums of waste
in shallow if
not porous graves—
poisons the soil
beside the river,
turning to bilge
all of the water
you thought was water
under the bridge.

This appeared in the October 2012 issue.

Jason Guriel
Jason Guriel’s verse novel, Forgotten Work, is forthcoming in 2020. His writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, ELLE, Poetry, and elsewhere.

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