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"Paradise, Nevada" — a poem by Heather Lang

Outside, the desert floor,

a frame cracked open.


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Abrupt landscapes,

fifty peaks torn from the sky.


But here babies loiter

under tinfoil moons:

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baked goods ready

for PTA meetings,


sweets tucked in

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beneath the aluminum.


Last night, our sheets: white,

like surrender. Maybe this


is where we should go

when we are lost. 


Heather Lang is a poet, editor, and literary critic. She serves as an adjunct professor at Nevada State College.