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Hibakusha, a poem by Jared Carter

by Jared Carter

Please stay awhile; the evening light
          still troubles me.
Before it changes into night
          I seem to see

That street again. Something reveals
          itself, and cuts
Across the years, breaking the seal
          on what I’ve shut

Away – that moment when they all
          burst into flame
And blew on through the paper walls,
          calling my name.

Bio: Jared Carter's most recent book is Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems (University of Nebraska Press). He lives in Indianapolis.