Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

BY JAMES WRIGHT

autumn-begins-in-martins-ferry-ohioIn the Shreve High football stadium, 

I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville, 

And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood, 

And the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel, 

Dreaming of heroes. 

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All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home, 

Their women cluck like starved pullets, 

Dying for love. 

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Therefore, 

Their sons grow suicidally beautiful 

At the beginning of October, 

And gallop terribly against each other’s bodies.

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