May 21, 2018
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By Bruce Holsapple, Special to the BDN

The power goes at 6 p.m.
woodstove just heating up
get out candles, see if the phone works—
need to save water, keep
the refrigerator closed
but we’re fine otherwise
can find my way around
five radiant flames on the desk
sort of enjoy this threshold
the varied perspectives
reached, living here
splitting wood in the fall
water pipes freeze
or the pump gone 5 days
sends you back, changing priorities
wash, shave, cook, conserve
all done different
smell of your body changed
smell of the bathroom!
how only minor breakdowns
flat tire, lights out
alter the landscape—
this instance of  moon
emerging as moon
how moon becomes moon
that kind of enlightened

Bruce Holsapple grew up in Dexter and is a founding editor of Contraband, Maine’s first well-known small literary magazine, and Vox Audio, Contraband’s 21st century spinoff. He lives now in Magdalena, N.M. His recent collection of verse, “Vanishing Act,” is available from La Alameda Press at

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