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PERSISTENT DESIGN by Nate Pritts

Wasps keep circling the shutters, long stalks of grass dangling from thin back legs, and when they crawl between the slats into the small dark, they bring their greeny materials with them. There is nothing here you can’t leave.

Wasps keep circling
the shutters, long stalks
of grass dangling
from thin back legs,
and when they crawl between the slats
into the small dark,
they bring their greeny materials
with them.

There is nothing here
you can’t leave.  Despite
all your kind diligence,
the actual time, the slow
and loving duration of our attentions,
there is nothing in this world
we can’t abandon.
We are human.

The movements of wasps
are terrible, hovering
sometimes, sometimes
jabbing through the air.
I watch them at their task—
how they build
and build again
calmly.

 

 

 

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About Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts
Nate Pritts is the Director and Founding Editor of H_NGM_N (2001), an independent publishing house that started as a mimeograph zine. He is also the author of six full-length poetry collections, most recently Right Now More Than Ever (2013), and several chapbooks including The Pattern Exhaustion (2014) and Life Event (forthcoming). Nate lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Find out more at natepritts.com.