A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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David Hinton is a poet, essayist, and translator of Chinese poetry and philosophy. His forthcoming book is titled Wild Mind, Wild Earth: Our Place in the Sixth Extinction. He lives in East Calais, Vermont.
Call next door, ask / neighbors on the west if they can spare / any wine, and suddenly a jarful comes / across the fence — fresh, unfiltered. We / open mats beside Meandering River’s / long currents, crystalline winds arrive, / and you’re startled it’s already autumn.